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Reps. Sheehy, Ashford celebrate ribbon cutting at UT Drinking Water Research Laboratory

Tuesday's event unveiled facility allowing for tests of local municipal water supply
September 7, 2017
Michael Sheehy News

State Reps. Michael P. Sheehy (D-Oregon) and Michael Ashford (D-Toledo) today applauded the opening of the Drinking Water Research Laboratory at University of Toledo’s College of Engineering to better test local public water safety.

“New cutting-edge technology at the Drinking Water Research Laboratory will make it possible to immediately know whether any harmful toxins are in our region’s water supply,” said Sheehy. “This project is an example of taxpayer money helping to solve one of Ohio’s biggest problems: the safety of drinking water for our citizens.”

Funding for the lab, which includes innovative tools such as a liquid chromatography mass spectrometry system and a flow cytometer that can measure cyanotoxins in water, was approved through a $500,000 appropriation included in the previous state budget. The lab will allow for better, more accurate water quality testing of local municipalities.

“The University of Toledo is making strides forward with the opening of the new state-of-the-art Drinking Water Research Lab,” said Ashford. “Providing quality research and offering the tools necessary for faster and more accurate water tests is extremely important in the state’s efforts to protect our communities from future algae blooms and to ensure safe public drinking water.”

The new lab further expands University of Toledo’s focus on water quality research, which includes $12.5 million in active grant funding.