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Sebring schools resume after water testing

Posted at 7:25 AM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 07:25:19-05

Sebring schools will resume classes Wednesday, after elevated levels of lead found in the schools' water kept students out of class.

This comes one day after the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency released test results, showing most samples in the city were below the federal allowable level for lead.

Sebring's city manager issued an advisory last week that said children and pregnant women shouldn't drink the village system's tap water after seven of 20 homes where the water is routinely tested showed levels of lead and copper that exceeded U.S. EPA standards.

In the report released Tuesday, officials from the EPA said only two samples from the area showed levels above the federal allowable level. Those samples were contained to a drinking fountain and were not coming in through the water supply to the building, authorities said.

Sebring school administrators said those water fountains have been unplugged and water has been shut off. 

Students are permitted to bring their own bottled water or hand sanitizer to school Wednesday.