TOLEDO -- It's the message Toledo residents have been waiting for: The water is safe to drink.

The ban on water was lifted at 9:30 a.m. Monday with a post on the city's Facebook page.

It had been put in place Saturday as algae blooms in Lake Erie created a toxin within the water. Residents in Toledo and southeastern Michigan were told to avoid drinking their tap water as a result.

Residents are being asked to conserve non-essential water usage until further notice to help the Toledo treatment plant as it returns to full operation.

Earlier Monday, water tests showed the system was safe but the ban was briefly kept in place as a few anomalies had been detected.

With the ban in place, neighboring communities -- including Cleveland -- stepped up and delivered pallets of bottled water to the area.

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