SEBRING, Ohio – Volunteers are distributing water this weekend to residents of a northeast Ohio village after tests found lead levels that exceed federal standards.
WFMJ-TV in Youngstown reports the American Red Cross and others distributed bottled water Friday night to some of the 8,100 people affected by elevated levels of lead found in water samples from the Sebring village system.
Sebring is about 60 miles southeast of Cleveland.
Tests showed lead levels at 21 parts per billion in seven homes. The EPA standard is 15 parts per billion.
The Vindicator newspaper reports that a blood lead screening clinic is planned for Sunday for area residents under age 6, along with pregnant or breastfeeding women who get their water from the village.
Lead can cause serious health problems for infants and young children.