Uncle John's Pancake House closed its doors for the first time in 33 years

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TOLEDO -- The lifting of a weekend water ban has Toledo-area residents and businesses relieved but concerned.

Uncle John's Pancake House closed its doors for the first time in 33 years. Owner Sal Tubeilah said "I could not guarantee 100 percent of the safety of my customers."

He said weekends account for half of his business. The shutdown was a big loss for him and his 35 employees and he had a personal concern.

"I have a pregnant wife. I was very worried about her. She only drank bottled water," he said.

At the restaurant Monday, most customers drank water seemingly without a care.

John Herzig said, "They told us it was safe to drink."

Grant Herzig said, "I think it was blown out of proportion. I don't think it's that big a deal."

But some did take precautions. Dishwasher Larry Murrell said, "I'm just drinking bottled water, just to be on the safe side. I don't want to get sick."

Others said they now have back-up supplies of bottled water if this happens again.

Customer Sally Crowell was in Greater Cleveland over the weekend.

She said she bought cases of bottled water "enough to fill a swimming pool."

Most people agreed that dangers to the water supply from Lake Erie algae blooms need to be a top priority for state and national officials.

The Ohio Attorney General's Office is still investigating claims of price gouging for bottled water sales. It's received 19 complaints.

RELATED : Toledo bottled water price gouging investigated

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