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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Mayor Collins has officially lifted the drinking ban in Toledo and surrounding areas, saying "our water is safe".

While addressing the media Monday morning at 9:30, Collins said all six follow-up tests came back clean.  The Mayor specified the two questionable areas which required further testing were Point Place and east Toledo.

A press release from the City of Toledo says the test results show microcystin no longer exceeds the recommended drinking water warning of 1 microgram per liter standard set by the World Health Organization.

Toledo's Public Utilities Director Ed Moore is asking residents to be patient turning on their water, as the high amount of water usage could burden our systems.

Moore also explained that under our current system, we are "at the mercy" of nature.

"There's nothing we could have done differently that would have possibly prevented this," he said.

Residents who have not used their water since Friday are being asked to flush their water systems to ensure safety.  You can read instructions from the city on how to properly flush your system here. Those who have used their water since Friday do not need to flush. The city is asking those people not to, as it will increase load on the system.

Mayor Collins called for change in the way our government monitors Lake Erie's algae rates.

""It's time to stop talking about this western basin of lake erie, and start doing something about it," he said.  "The politics must stop."

"After exhaustive testing, analysis and discussions between Toledo water officials, the U.S. EPA and the Ohio EPA, we support the city's decision to lift its drinking water advisory," said Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler.  "In the days ahead, we will continue to work closely with Toledo and others to better understand what happened."

All Toledo water distribution centers will be closing Monday morning at 11 AM.

Mayor Collins concluded the press conference by toasting the people of Toledo and drinking a glass of tap water.

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