SEBRING, Ohio (WKBN) – Sebring City Manager Richard Giroux released water testing results Friday and said that 97 percent of samples are below the action level.
Water sample tests were conducted on sites that previously tested above 15 parts per billion (ppb). On Friday morning, there were only 20 sites over 15 ppb out of 951 sites sampled. Later Friday afternoon, 28 more samples were tested, and those results were all below the action level.
On Friday, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said 44 Sebring water tests had elevated levels of lead. Giroux said, although more than 40 came back initially above that 15 ppb action level, 20 of those have since been re-tested and came back with lower, acceptable readings
The EPA says 979 water samples were tested so far.
The Ohio EPA is continuing to work with the Village of Sebring to fine tune its water chemistry to minimize lead from leaching into the water from piping of certain homeowners. Recent test results confirm that the village’s water plant is lead free.