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Sebring updates water distribution hours

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Sebring officials announced on Friday the latest operating hours for bottled water distribution.

The 8,100 customers of the water system in Sebring, Beloit and Maple Ridge were informed on Jan. 21 that water samples gathered from seven homes tested for higher than acceptable levels of lead.

An advisory went out recommending that children 6 and younger and pregnant women refrain from drinking the water.

As of Thursday, water in a total of 45 homes had tested for high levels of lead.

The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency says that water coming from Sebring is safe, but lead is leaching from plumbing in some older homes.

Water is still being offered to those homes that test above the federal allowable level.

The Village of Sebring estimates that they've spent around $70,000 to ensure the safety of the homes and businesses served by the Sebring Water System.

Water is being distributed from the Sebring Community Center at 305 W. Texas Ave.

Hours are:

  • Friday, 7 a.m. to noon
  • Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Sunday, closed
  • Monday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Wednesday, 1-7 p.m.
  • Feb. 27, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The notice said further distribution dates and hours will be determined later.

Because there is a limited supply of bottled water, each qualifying person in a household will receive the equivalent of one gallon, per person, per day. No consumer will receive a supply exceeding six days per distribution.

To receive bottled water, residents and businesses must be able to show proof that they are current customers of Sebring Water.

However, households and businesses that test OK for water quality are ineligible.

Those wishing to have their water tested free of charge may obtain sample bottles along with instructions on how to properly collect the water.

Residents may pick up bottles at the Village of Sebring Municipal Building, 135 East Ohio Ave., Sebring, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The samples must then be dropped off at the Municipal Building on Mondays or Wednesdays no later than 10 a.m.

Water testing bottles are available until further notice.

Lead results will be provided to the residents via email. A paper copy will also be provided to the Village. Residents without an email address may obtain a paper copy at the Municipal Building.

Questions about water testing may be directed to the Village by calling 330-938-9340.

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