Ohio proposes speeding up lead-water alerts

JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press -  

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio Gov. John Kasich's administration is proposing an overhaul of how the state and its cities deal with lead in drinking water.

The plan obtained by The Associated Press includes significantly reducing how long it takes to notify residents when lead is detected in tap water.

Ohio's proposal being announced Thursday would give city water systems just two days to alert residents about high lead readings.

Current federal rules call for homeowners where the tests are done to be told within 30 days and notices for all other residents within 60 days.

The plan also includes ways to help cities and schools assess and remove lead pipes and fixtures.

Ohio's environmental agency has been looking at changes since January after lead was found in a northeastern Ohio village's water.

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