Children's Health

Water tests show a few homes in Ohio village still have lead

Pallets of water, ready for distribution in the community, sit at the Sebring Community Center, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 in Sebring, Ohio. Authorities have been handing out bottled water, and schools were closed Tuesday for a third day in Sebring, a village about 60 miles southeast of Cleveland. The Sebring water system serves 8,100 homes and businesses in three Mahoning County communities. Testing over the weekend in Sebring found one school drinking fountain with lead levels that exceed EPA standards. (AP Photo/Mark Gillispie)

Pallets of water, ready for distribution in the community, sit at the Sebring Community Center, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016 in Sebring, Ohio. Authorities have been handing out bottled water, and schools were closed Tuesday for a third day in Sebring, a village about 60 miles southeast of Cleveland. The Sebring water system serves 8,100 homes and businesses in three Mahoning County communities. Testing over the weekend in Sebring found one school drinking fountain with lead levels that exceed EPA standards. (AP Photo/Mark Gillispie)

The state Environmental Protection Agency says the latest round of tests in a northeast Ohio village has found high levels of lead in tap water at 11 of the 180 homes where owners voluntarily submitted samples.

The EPA says that 618 homeowners in the village of Sebring in Mahoning County have submitted tap water samples so far and that 30 homes showed lead levels above the federal standard. Sebring has come under scrutiny in recent weeks after state environmental officials said the operator of the village water plant waited months to notify people about high levels of lead found in some homes.

The statement says the Ohio EPA is working with the village and the U.S. EPA to "minimize" the amount of lead leaching from pipes.

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