Governor Introduces Proposal to Combat Lead in Drinking Water


To combat lead in Ohioans’ drinking water, this week the governor’s office announced a package of reforms that will be introduced next week in the General Assembly. The environmental mid-biennium review (MBR) bill will require water systems to provide homeowners with water quality test results within two business days, a much faster turnaround than the current 30 day requirement. The bill will also require communities to enact a public education campaign within 30 days if a community exceeds the federal lead threshold. Finally, the bill will give Ohio EPA flexibility in tightening water testing requirements and extending term loan financing for communities that are attempting to upgrade older systems.  You can read the proposed provisions here.