The city of Toledo participates in multiple regional partnerships and planning efforts aimed at mitigating spills that could potentially impact sources of drinking water.

Contingency Planning

  • The city of Toledo's drinking water supply is threatened by chemical industries and transportation infrastructure located close to Toledo’s metropolitan area as well as upstream activities in the Maumee River watershed.
  • The Western Lake Erie Area Contingency Plan directs how city, local, state and federal agencies respond to and mitigate any hazardous materials incidents that occur in the city.
  • In the event of a spill, the Division of Environmental Services will notify the appropriate agencies and coordinate the cleanup.

Emergency Response

  • The city of Toledo Division of Environmental Services operates an Emergency Response Program that responds to and investigates spills throughout the community.
  • The city employs emergency response personnel who can respond to releases of hazardous substances that present an acute threat to the public health and/or the environment, including oil, gasoline, chemicals, paint, mercury, and leaking underground storage tanks.
  • The city’s Division of Environmental Services works with the Lucas County Local Emergency Planning Committee and the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments to provide municipal facilities employees with mandatory annual Emergency Response Awareness training.