Monday, December 18, 2017

Ohio EPA: Latest test results from Sebring homes show 95 percent within federal lead limits for drinking water

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) released the latest test results for lead levels of samples taken from homes in Sebring, Ohio, showing results within the federal allowable limit in 169 of 180 homes.

The village of Sebring has been conducting voluntary water tests for homeowners since a Jan. 21 order from the Ohio EPA, which requires them to provide the service for free and make the results public. Combined with earlier testing, the most recent results bring the total of homes in compliance to 588 of 618 tests, or just over 95 percent.

In addition to providing free testing for homeowners who request it, the Ohio EPA is also requiring the village to provide bottled water or filtration systems to any homes that are found to be over the federal allowable limit for lead. Sebring must also provide health screening for residents who request it and comply with the Ohio EPA’s short- and long-term actions to address the chemistry of its water system, which is currently too corrosive. The Ohio EPA is working with the city to adjust they system’s chemistry so that it will no longer cause lead leaching into the water system from the piping in some homes.

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Ohio Environmental Protection Agency 50 West Town Street Columbus, OH - 43215

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) 1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC - 20460

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