Lead water bill heads into hearing Tuesday

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WYTV) – A bill that lawmakers say could prevent another Sebring water crisis will be discussed in Columbus Tuesday.

The Energy Committee is considering House Bill 512 and its amendments that would mandate notification of water customers sooner when lead is present in drinking water. Right now, federal rules give providers one month. Passage of the bill would shorten that time to two days.

State Representative John Boccieri, D-Poland, said people must be told sooner when there is lead in the water.

“Timely notification is extremely important. That we are getting the word out to families that would be affected. The blood levels of women and children in Sebring showed traces of lead and that is unconscionable in a country as wealthy as ours,” Boccieri said.

The bill would also make public money available to make repairs to dangerous plumbing.

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