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SEBRING, Ohio — Sebring officials have issued rules regarding the distribution of bottled water to residents after lead was found in test results of some of the village’s water.

It all started after levels of lead were found in seven homes tested last week. Tests showed lead levels at 21 parts per billion in some homes according to a spokeswoman for the Ohio EPA.

Then, the EPA said of 123 samples taken at the village’s schools, two were above the federal allowable level for lead. The Ohio EPA took samples from drinking fountains, spigots and food preparation sinks.

Federal requirements do not allow levels to exceed 15 parts per billion.

Local, county and state officials met Wednesday morning and set new criteria when it comes to water distribution operations in the village.

Criteria to receive water includes:
— Must be a current resident of the impacted area and must show proof of being a Sebring water customer.
— Fall within the targeted demographics, which include pregnant women and households with children up to the age of 6.
— Current businesses in impacted area.
—  Households and businesses that test OK on water quality will become ineligible.

Each qualifying person in the household will receive the equivalent of one gallon, per person, per day, not to exceed a supply of six days.

The distribution is located at the Sebring Community Center, 305 W. Texas Ave., Sebring. It will be open Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Hours for next week will be determined.

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