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Costs rising to keep Toledo's drinking water safe from Lake Erie toxins, river sediments


TOLEDO, Ohio — City leaders in Toledo say it's costing more to keep drinking water free from toxins in Lake Erie and other contaminants in the water.

And they're warning that could force a water rate increase.

Toledo's public utilities director, Ed Moore, says another $3 million is needed on top of the $6 million already spent on chemicals to treat the water.

It was just over a year ago that toxins in the lake contaminated the water supply for 400,000 people in the Toledo area and southeastern Michigan.

The Blade ( ) newspapers reports that Moore told Toledo's council members that the city may need to raise water rates.

He says a big problem this year was that large ice flows last spring churned up sediments in the Maumee (MAW'-mee) River.

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