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Ohio EPA Releases Results from Voluntary Testing in Sebring
Recent water samples taken by the village of Sebring for homeowners who asked to have their tap water tested show lead levels in most homes are below the federal allowable limit. Of the 259 total water samples collected since Ohio EPA required the village to continue to offer testing of residential water on Jan. 21, 2016, 250 samples tested below the federal allowable level. Additional sample results are expected in the days ahead.
The first batch of voluntary residential samples announced on Feb. 3 (which are part of the 259 total) showed all 54 samples tested below the federal allowable level.
Ohio EPA has been working with the village to fine tune its water system chemistry to minimize lead from leaching into the water from residential piping. Ohio EPA Director Craig Butler and staff recently met with village of Sebring officials to discuss short and long-term goals for the water system. The Sebring water treatment plant and its water source have no detectable lead.
Additionally, Ohio EPA invited technical experts from U.S. EPA to Sebring earlier this week to help the village’s consulting engineer make additional treatment adjustments to reduce corrosion in lead pipes of older homes.
The village is still required to provide bottled water or filtration systems to homes where results are over the federal allowable level and work with the county to provide health screening for residents. In addition, the village must complete all immediate, short-term, and long-term actions required by the Ohio EPA Director. To minimize their lead exposure, all residents should follow guidance that was in public education documents provided by the village.
Ohio EPA will continue to release new results as they become available.
The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency was created in 1972 to consolidate efforts to protect and improve air quality, water quality and waste management in Ohio. Since then, air pollutants dropped by as much as 90 percent; large rivers meeting standards improved from 21 percent to 89 percent; and hundreds of polluting, open dumps were replaced with engineered landfills and an increased emphasis on waste reduction and recycling.