Ohio Schools Close, Village Issues Water Advisory for Lead

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SEBRING, Ohio (AP) – A northeast Ohio school district has canceled classes and a village says children and pregnant women should not drink water from its system after tests found lead levels that exceed federal standards.

WFMJ-TV in Youngstown reports the Sebring village manager issued an alert Thursday night after tests found lead levels of 21 parts per billion at seven homes. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency requires alerts to water customers when lead levels exceed 15 parts per billion. The Sebring school district canceled classes on Friday for its 650 students.

The village’s water system serves 8,100 customers in the Mahoning County communities of Sebring, Beloit and Maple Ridge. Village manager Richard Giroux says Sebring recently spent $5 million on carbon filters and the system’s water is safe.

Further tests will be conducted Friday.