Ohio Governor to Sign Off on Speeding Up Lead-Water Alerts

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio’s governor is set to sign off on requiring public water systems to alert residents within two days after lead is found at the tap.

The requirement is a key part of an overhaul rolled out by the administration of Gov. John Kasich to change how the state and its cities deal with lead in drinking water.

Kasich is expected to put his signature on the new law Thursday.

The two-day notification is a major switch from current federal rules that give water plants 60 days to notify all residents.

The measure also calls for speeding up the process of testing for lead in drinking water and helping cities map and remove lead pipes.