Sebring schools closed for third day as they await water test results

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SEBRING, OH- Test results are expected back Tuesday in Sebring after lead was found in the water, but the schools aren’t risking it.

Sebring schools have shut down for the third day as they wait for the results.

Superintendent Toni Visocunte tells Fox 8 the EPA did inform her test results will come Tuesday morning but she says that does not give her enough time to react if any parts of any building are found to have elevated levels of lead.

This 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. Federal requirement does not allow levels to exceed 15 parts per billion.

After more testing, the Ohio EPA released a statement saying they did see some progress over the weekend. Water sampling results showed 25 of the 28 homes where water samples were taken fell within the legal requirements. In addition, 15 water samples were taken at three local schools and all but one sample was lower than the allowable level. “We are doing more testing in all of the schools,” Superintendent Toni Visocute said. “We are removing the water fountains for testing to make sure our students are safe and closing our doors as a precaution.”

The Ohio EPA says while treatment adjustments the water system has made appear to be working, there are three homes that remain above the federal allowable level. The village of Sebring now has a legal obligation to develop a plan to adjust its treatment. To assist, they are providing up to $25,000 in financial assistance to the village to provide these filtration systems. “While the water system has a clean water source and supply, it is still unacceptable that a few individual homes are experiencing corrosion that is causing high levels of lead,” said Ohio EPA Director Craig W. Butler.

The newest test results are expected back Tuesday morning so stick with Fox 8 and for updates.
**For more on the Sebring water investigation click here**

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