Free well water testing will be conducted as usual on the first Sunday in March, March 3 at 3:15 p.m. at the King of Glory Church next to the Streetsboro Post Office in the Streetsboro Plaza just off Route 303 in Streetsboro.
A new addition to the monthly water testing opportunity is a series of classes on fracking offered by teachers in the Concerned Citizens of Ohio. The March class is titled "Exemptions in the Law for Oil and Gas: The Real Reasons That Fracking Is Dangerous."
The first class, "What Is Fracking," was presented at the February meeting. The third class in the series, "Impacts of Fracking on Drinking Water," is scheduled for April 7 at 3:15 p.m.
The water tests are not EPA certified but would provide a baseline in the event of changing water quality. The group recommends EPA certified tests for other chemicals common to fracking. Testing monthly also provides information that can prove water quality consistency if a resident ever ends up in court due to a contaminated water supply.
How and where a water sample is taken is crucial. If possible, run cold water for 10 minutes before water reaches the hot water heater or water softener, as close to the well as possible. Collect at least 2 cups of water in a clean large mouth glass jar. Names should be on jars.
Water testing events have been well attended in the past, so arrive early to get a good spot in line.
For further information, call Mary Greer, 330-472-8086.
Residents from the northern area of the county are welcome to attend the Hiram chapter of Concerned Citizens' water testing. For further information about those test days, call 330-569-7863.