Sebring water crisis affecting local businesses

sebring ohio businesses affected water crisis

SEBRING, Ohio (WKBN) – The recent water crisis in Sebring is affecting business owners as well as individual families, as WKBN has found out Tuesday.

Royal Star Diner Owner Shirleen Hughes said that Tuesdays are usually a busy morning for them, but this Tuesday, that has not been the case.

“There’s usually a lot more people here,” Hughes said. “It’s usually at least half full and there’s hardly anybody here today.”

Barbara Braden had breakfast with her husband and grandson.

They don’t live in Sebring, so they don’t have to worry about the water crisis at home, and Braden was thankful the restaurant isn’t using Sebring’s water.

“I am, I mean you definitely don’t want to have the lead in your body if you don’t have to,” Braden said.

“We’re going out getting and getting water. We are using it for our coffee, our tea, we can’t use our ice, so we are going out and buying ice,” Hughes said. “Can’t use our water machine because it’s hooked up to the water, so we’re buying pop.”

Hughes said she will continue to take every extra step to protect her customers’ health until the water crisis is fixed.

WKBN is also learning more details about when and how village businesses were alerted to the water problem. Monday, 27 First News spoke with people at the Sebring Village Council Meeting who said they learned of the advisory from WKBN’s coverage and not the village.

Shirleen Hughes, the owner of the Royal Star, said he, too, was not alerted by the Village. She’s upset that when she came into work last Friday, she had no idea there could be lead in the water at her restaurant. She found out from the school district.

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