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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 54 water samples collected from 53 homes since Ohio EPA required the village to continue to offer testing of residential water on Jan. 21, 2016, 54 samples tested below the federal allowable level.

These new results from the village follow extensive testing conducted by Ohio EPA in late January that showed improving water conditions in the village of Sebring.

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 met with the village of Sebring officials to discuss short and long-term goals for the water system.

Additionally, Ohio EPA representatives accompanied technical experts from U.S. EPA to evaluate the water treatment facilities and to discuss with the village and their consultant additional treatment adjustment to reduce corrosion in lead pipes of older homes.

The village is still required to complete all immediate, short-term, and long-term actions required by the Ohio EPA Director.

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.

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