The Findlay and Hancock County region, including adjoining counties, are not affected by the water quality problems in the Toledo area.
Fresh water in Findlay and nearby subdivisions is drawn from the above-ground Findlay reservoirs east of the city, and not from Lake Erie sources. Smaller towns use well water or have their own reservoirs, such as Fostoria.
Supermarkets and other stores in Findlay, Hancock County and nearby areas were quickly cleaned out of bottled water Saturday morning as people from the Toledo area came to buy up bottles of fresh water.
The following is a list of the areas that have been affected, according to WTOL-TV:
- All of Lucas County
- Perrysburg Township
- Bedford Township
- Troy Township
- Lake Township
- Ottawa Hills
- Erie Township
- Village of Metamora
- Eastern Swan Creek Township
- Village of Whitehouse
- Luna Pier
- La Salle Township
- Springfield Township
- Sylvania Township
- South County Water Customers – Michigan
Findlay offers help
Findlay Mayor Lydia Mihalik said she spoke with Toledo’s information officer Saturday morning to offer assistance as the region grapples with its water problem. She also contacted Gov. John Kasich’s office to relay the same message.
“For as many times as those communities have come to our aid, particularly during floods, there is no reason we can’t help them,” Mihalik said.
Findlay does not have a plan in place for hauling water to Toledo and the surrounding places affected, but would come up with one if asked, Mihalik said. The city is also ready, if Toledo feels it necessary, to set up a distribution point just off Interstate 75, possibly at Hancock County 99, where a hydrant could be used to offer water.
“I believe our role may be long term” if water supplies up north remain off limits for more than a day or two, said Mihalik.
“We’ve told them, ‘whatever you need from us, we’ll do our best to provide,'” she said.