Ohio Records: Notification About Tainted Water Took Too Long

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Records show the water system serving Sebring in northeast Ohio isn’t the only one that failed to notify people about lead-tainted drinking water within prescribed timeframes after testing.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio Environmental Protection Agency records show 10 of the 14 systems that had advisories for lead contamination in effect last week had missed the mark.

An Ohio EPA spokeswoman says all except Sebring did notify customers about excessive levels, but some didn’t do so within the required 30 or 60 days and were given notices of violation.

The Dispatch says in most cases, the EPA didn’t issue violations until last week.

The EPA says Sebring officials failed to notify all water users about high lead levels detected in some homes last summer. Most residents learned in January.