SEBRING, Ohio – The Latest on concerns about lead in residents' tap water around Ohio (all times local):
New advisories being sent to Ohio communities previously found to have high lead levels in tap water suggest children and pregnant women in those areas should instead drink bottled or filtered water.
The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/20M8bOP ) reports the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency advisories differ from earlier advisories saying residents didn't need to use bottled water.
The head of the agency's drinking waters division says he has asked each community water system with lead problems to provide bottled or filtered water and lead testing on request.
The division also reached out to county health departments to ensure children can get tested for lead.
The outreach comes after operators of a water system in Sebring, near Youngstown in eastern Ohio, were criticized for not notifying the public for months about unsafe lead levels found in some homes.
Ohio's Environmental Protection Agency says lead levels in tap water were below the federal allowable limit in most of the recent samples requested by homeowners in the northeast Ohio village of Sebring.
Operators of a small water system serving that Mahoning County village were criticized for not notifying the public for months that unsafe levels of lead were found in some homes last summer.
Ohio EPA says 259 water samples have been taken since Jan. 21, and 250 had allowable levels. For homes not meeting those levels, the village must provide bottled water or filtration.
State officials are working with Sebring to adjust its water system chemistry to keep lead from leaching from residential piping. They say the treatment plant and its water source have no detectable lead.