Letting water customers know when there is an issue

Local lawmakers' goal is to let people know if lead is found in their drinking water in just two days

Water quality

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – State lawmakers want to make sure alerts about lead in drinking water get out as quick as possible.

This is due to the Sebring water crisis and a nearly two month delay in letting customers know about high lead levels in the water.

Local lawmakers are working with Governor John Kasich to speed up the notification process. The goal is to let people know if lead is found at the tap in two days.

Current federal rules give water plants 60 days to notify customers.

“I think it’s critical if we’re going to have the two day notification. You can’t even get a piece of mail out in two days, but if we want to notify our residents in a timely fashion we’ve got to have an emergency action plan,” said State Rep. John Boccieri.

State Senator Joe Schiavoni said that making sure there’s money to take out old lead pipes and put in newer, safer ones is key.

“Definitely a step in the right direction for notification. For people at home, they should be the first to be notified, and we moved in that direction,” Schiavoni said.

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