SEBRING, Ohio (WKBN) -The latest round of water testing in the village of Sebring shows no lead levels above the EPA allowable level.
All 15 of the most recent samples voluntarily submitted by residents were below the allowable limit of 15 parts per billion.
Combined with earlier voluntary test results received, 1,057 of 1,104 samples have been below the federal allowable level. Ohio EPA has followed up on some of the high readings and has found that the water coming into the home is healthy and running the tap for several minutes successfully eliminates any detectable lead in the water.
Work is still being done to fine-tune the water system in Sebring to minimize lead from leaching into water from piping of certain homes.
The Village has recently completed the installation of the temporary feed for orthophosphate, a chemical that coats the pipes to prevent leaching. Recent test results confirm that the Village’s water plant is lead free.
Despite the fact that most results are below the federal allowable level, the Village is still required to provide bottled water or filtration systems to homes where results are over the federal allowable level and work with the county to provide health screening for residents.