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Officials in Toledo suburbs would have liked earlier notice of water issues

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Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins during a press conference Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins during a press conference
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Elected officials in neighboring communities say they would have liked more direct notification of the water crisis last weekend, rather than learning about it on the news.

At a press conference Tuesday, Toledo Mayor D. Michael Collins was asked why he didn't notify officials of the suburban cities that get their water supply from Toledo once he learned that the water was dangerous.

"Who do we call at three o'clock in the morning?" Collins responded.

But those officials are saying they would have liked to receive that call.

"If that information comes out, I would much rather have that phone call at three o'clock in the morning than to wake up and find out on the news and not have an answer for my residents that are calling me," said Springfield Township Trustee Andy Glenn.

Glenn says he was contacted by the City of Toledo around 9:45 Saturday morning, inviting him down to the Lucas County emergency center. By that point, Glenn already knew what was going on, thanks to the news and social media.

"I would have preferred that we would have been notified sooner, especially the elected officials in the areas that were affected," he said.

And he is not alone. Sylvania Mayor Craig Stough also said he would have liked to be notified before the media. Perrysburg's utilities department says they would like more notification if this happens again.

"I think the surrounding elected officials should have been notified as soon as they realized there was a potential problem, at five o'clock on Friday when they realized they were going to have to be doing more tests and there was a potential to have to shut the system down," Glenn said. "Those phone calls to elected officials should have started then, and we could make plans to get our residents notified if it happened."

Mayor Collins says this has been a learning experience.

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