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As part of its battle against toxic bacteria in the city’s water supply, the city of Toledo plans to again ask users to conserve water in 2015, officials said Monday.
Tim Murphy, commissioner of water treatment, mentioned the plan for limiting water use during a panel discussion in front of the Toledo Rotary Club.
“We’re going to roll out an actual program, prior to the algae bloom season. What is in that program we haven’t identified yet,” Mr. Murphy said. As an example, he said, said houses on even and odd-numbered sides of the streets could alternate days on which they would be allowed to irrigate lawns. “You’re watering. You’re just not watering every day,” Mr. Murphy said.
Mr. Murphy said conserving water helps combat toxic microcystin contamination because a lower demand on the water-treatment system allows the city to treat water for a longer period of time.
The longer the water treatment, the better, he said. Mr. Murphy added, however, that water conservation won’t necessarily allow the city to reduce its chemical use, which he said has recently been costing the city $20,000 per day.
“The water has more contact time in the treatment process. That’s extremely important,” Mr. Murphy told the audience of about 250 people.
The presentation was part of a Toledo Rotary meeting at the Park Inn.