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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

After Tuesday's announcement, we now know we need to do a lot to conserve water for the next couple months.

Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins says a mechanical failure at the Toledo's Collins Park Water Treatment plant is reducing the plant's output capacity.

Collins says the failure did not compromise the condition of the water, only the amount of water the plant can output. 

As a result of the failure, the city asked everyone who gets water from the City of Toledo to stop irrigation and watering of lawns. See other ways you can conserve water here.

Public utilities director Ed Moore says a paddle - called a flocculator - in one of the plant's 20 million gallon basins broke.

"The less water we use, the better they can treat the water," said Moore.

Moore says the problem with the paddle was first noticed on Monday, after the water advisory had been lifted.

The repairs were expected to take up to four days to complete, but crews worked ahead of schedule. Lisa Ward, Toledo Public Information Officer, said Wednesday that the repairs were completed before 9 p.m., but the city is still asking residents to conserve water through the end of the algae season.

"This does not modify our request to maintain the conservative use of water," said Collins. "We need to continue to work together to reduce our water usage until the algal season is over in September."  

Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler voiced his support for Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins' call for temporary water conservation measures in the following statement:

"I fully support Mayor Collins' decision to ask area residents to reduce their water consumption as the city performs maintenance activities at the water plant.  Frankly, the conservation steps the city is asking people to take are what we urge all Ohioans to take every day.  Not only will they ease demand on the system right now, but they'll conserve a precious resource and save money.  I applaud the willingness of Toledo area residents to come together during the past few days to work through these water issues and we'll continue to provide the support and assistance that Toledo needs."

On Tuesday Collins said the city would be shutting down all fountains to conserve water. We found the fountain outside One Government Center in downtown Toledo, where the city's offices are located, running as normal around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Read a release from the city of Toledo on the mechanical failure here.

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