TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Ohio is moving closer to forcing public water systems to alert residents within two days after lead is found at the tap.
It’s a key part of an overhaul rolled out by Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s administration to change how the state and its cities deal with lead in drinking water.
The two-day notification would be a major switch from current federal rules that give water plants 60 days to notify all residents.
But a water industry group is among those saying the proposed deadline is too short.
The head of the Ohio Water Utility Council says it could distract water operators at a time when they should be focused on the lead problem.
He’d rather see a five-day deadline.
State lawmakers could vote on the proposal this week.