March 7, 2016 5:41 pm

Emails: Ohio manager knew of lead in drinking water sooner

Emails indicate an Ohio community manager was aware of a lead problem in drinking water sooner than he claims.

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SEBRING, Ohio – Emails show a village manager in northeastern Ohio was told about lead detected in the drinking water two months earlier than he first said.

The Vindicator¬†newspaper in Youngstown reports Sebring’s former water plant manager told the village manager in early October that the water had failed lead tests.

Richard Giroux had earlier said he wasn’t aware of the problem until early December.

Sebring officials have come under scrutiny since state environmental officials said the village waited months to notify people about high levels of lead coming from their pipes. The Sebring water system serves around 8,100 customers.

Giroux told The Vindicator he didn’t remember the email.

He also said that village officials took the matter seriously once they found out about the unsafe lead readings.

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