Toledo Restaurants Struggling During City's Water Emergency


UPDATED: Monday August 4, 2014 12:12 AM

Nearly a half-million Ohioans are waiting to hear when its safe to drink the water again as Toledo's water emergency heads into a third day.

The water crisis is hitting the city's restaurant business like a wrecking ball.

A Manager at Fricker's, located near Fifth Third Field, said business is off 70 percent.

With no safe drinking water, it's serving dishes on paper plates and beer in plastic cups.

It can't use a dishwasher because heating the water makes the situation worse.

As part of the health code, it's staff must wear rubber gloves after using the restroom.

Those who decided to venture out for a bite worry what will happen to the local economy if this water solution isn't fixed soon.

Driving around yesterday, it was like a ghost town.  Everything was closed, you couldn't go anywhere," said Roger Lipply of Toledo.

The city has set up several water stations where people can drive up and getting a case of water.

Much of the water is being donated big box retailers.

The Red Cross said it has already given out more than 50,000 bottles of water.

For the past two days it's been dropping off water to homebound adults in the community.

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