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Water ban lifted in Monroe County, Toledo

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- The mayor of Toledo, Ohio, has lifted a water ban that left 400,000 Ohio and Michigan residents scrambling for water for drinking, cooking and bathing.
 
Mayor D. Michael Collins says Monday that the Lake Erie drinking water is safe and that the warning has been lifted.
 
The announcement comes after people in northwestern Ohio and southeastern Michigan were told to avoid drinking tap water because of toxins contaminating the lake, possibly from algae.
 
Toledo officials issued the water warning in Ohio's fourth-largest city early Saturday.
 
The Ohio National Guard and other state agencies have been delivering pallets of bottled water to the city and operating water purification systems to make more drinkable water.

Monroe County is confirming additional precautions consumers should follow prior to consuming drinking water and resuming normal use. Those precautions are as follows:

1) Run hot water taps for up to 15 minutes and cold water tap for up to 15 minutes
2) Clean and remove ice from ice makers and flush by running new ice and discarding before consuming.
3)  Flush water softeners and/or water filtration systems in the same manner as noted above.

Fox 2's Roop Raj will have a full report on Fox 2 News Live at 11.
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