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High lead levels found in fifteen Sebring homes

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The Ohio EPA reports that fifteen samples of water taken from homes served by the Sebring Village Water System have tested above federal allowable levels of lead.

On Friday, the EPA released the results of tests on water submitted by Sebring homeowners who asked to have their tap water tested.

According to the agency, 144 of the 150 samples were below the federal allowable limit for lead.

Combined with earlier voluntary test results received this week, 394 of 409 samples have been below the federal allowable level.

Ohio EPA ordered the village of Sebring on January 21 to offer free water testing for any homeowner who asked. The results are being made public as they are received.

The EPA says recent test results confirm that the village’s water plant is lead free, however varying pH levels in water can cause lead to leach from plumbing in some older homes.

 The EPA says it is working with the village and the U.S. EPA to adjust the water chemistry to minimize lead exposure.

Despite the fact that most results are below the federal allowable level, 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 in public education documents provided by the village.

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