Sebring announces new rules, hours for free bottled water

Sebring is also implementing more water testing and long-term initiatives

Water testing in Sebring, Ohio.

SEBRING, Ohio (WKBN) – All Sebring water customers are eligible to receive free bottled water, except those whose residence or business has been tested as OK.

There is a limited supply of bottle water at the distribution center at the Sebring Community Center and the Village of Sebring wants to make sure all those who need water are receiving it.

Each qualifying person in the household will receive the equivalent of one gallon, per person, per day.  No consumer will receive a supply exceeding 6 days per distribution.

All residents and businesses receiving bottle water must have their residence or businesses tested, or shall be disqualified from receiving free water.

Criteria to receive water:

  • Current resident of impacted area (Sebring Water Customer, MUST show proof)
  • Current businesses of impacted area (Sebring Water Customer, MUST show proof)
  • NOTE:  Households and businesses that test OK on water quality will become ineligible.

Distribution Center

Sebring Community Center

305 W. Texas Ave.

Sebring, OH 44672

Friday, February 5 – 7:00 am to 12:00 Noon

Saturday, February 6 – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Sunday – closed

Monday, February 8 – 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Tuesday, February 9 – 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Wednesday, February 10 – 7:00 am to 12:00 Noon

Thursday, February 11 – closed

Friday, February 12 – 7:00 am to 12:00 Noon

Saturday, February 13 – 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Sunday, February 14 – closed

Further distribution hours for next week will be determined.

Special needs requests please contact City Hall 330-938-9340

Updates will be posted on the Village of Sebring Website

Workers at the Sebring water treatment facility are continuing to adjust the PH balance of the water to make sure it is not corrosive.

In addition, a controlled purge is planned to make sure that any remaining “aggressive water” is removed from the system.

According to the Mahoning County Department of Health, 289 residential water tests have been completed as of Friday morning and 13 were above the 15 parts per billion action level set by the EPA. More tests are being completed.

Complete Coverage of the Sebring Water Crisis

State and federal EPA representatives were in town over that past several days to offer guidance at the water plant. Several long-term initiatives are being set in to place including an additive that would coat pipes and reduce any lead leaching into the water along with chemical treatments.

Thursday, Sebring hired a new class 3 operator to run its water plant, a week after the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency suspended the license of its former operator.

The new operator, Don Alpeter, has been running a water plant in Paris, Ohio for a number of years. He was hired under a 45-day contract.

“I’m hopeful that 30 days from now, the entire system will be normalized and that the lead issue will subside,” said City Manager Richard Giroux.


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