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West Virginia officials offering advice to Ohio officials about Toledo water crisis

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State officials in West Virginia have reached out to officials in Ohio regarding the Toledo water crisis, which is affecting about 500,000 people.

Lawrence Messina, Communications Director for West Virginia's Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, said the conversation lasted for about an hour. It included officials from the West Virginia National Guard and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

Messina said the Mountain State officials spoke about a variety of topics, including the logistics of water distribution sites. During the January water crisis in West Virginia, water was delivered to one site in each affected county. County officials then determined the best locations for the distribution sites throughout each county.

About 500,000 residents in the Toledo, Ohio area are being told to avoid drinking the tap water for a second day. The city’s mayor has said more tests must be done to ensure toxins are out of the city’s water supply.

On Saturday, Aug. 2 the city’s water supply tested positive for a toxin caused by algae in Lake Erie. Soon after, Ohio Governor John Kasich declared a state of emergency in northwest Ohio.

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TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - The mayor of Toledo, Ohio, is telling residents that more tests must be done to ensure toxins are out of the city's water supply.

Mayor D. Michael Collins says Sunday that the 400,000 people in the region need to avoid drinking tap water for a second day. But he says samples show the level of toxins appears to have decreased.

Toledo officials issued the warning early Saturday after tests revealed the presence of a toxin possibly from algae on Lake Erie.

Ohio's Environmental Protection Agency is trying to figure out what caused a sudden spike in the toxins.

Gov. John Kasich has ordered the state's National Guard to deliver pallets of bottled water, water purification systems and meals ready to eat to residents in Lucas, Wood and Fulton counties.

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