Just like in Flint, state officials knew about the contamination for months but did nothing to warn people. Officials apparently knew about the poisoning at least as far back as late September, but residents of the Ohio town of less than 5000 were not notified about the contamination in their water supply until Thursday.
"Correspondence from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Village of Sebring show concerns with water testing, beginning in late September. Elevated lead levels were noted by the EPA in November, but customers didn’t learn of the issues until Thursday, meaning that some people could have been drinking water containing lead for months," local station WKBN reported.
There is currently an advisory in place that pregnant women and children must not drink the water. The warning will remain in effect until there have been two consecutive six-month sampling periods, showing safe and clean water, Common Dreams reported.