Ohio town water manager charged over lead contamination

The former water system operator in an Ohio town faces criminal charges for failing to notify residents of high lead levels in their tap water.

Jim Bates was the operator of record for the public water system in Sebring when a lab confirmed high lead levels in samples taken during routine tap water testing in August and September last year.

Bates faces two misdemeanor counts of recklessly failing to provide timely notice to consumers and one misdemeanor count of recklessly failing to provide timely system-wide public education, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency Director Craig W. Butler announced Wednesday.