Concerned Citizens Ohio hosts water monitoring

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Free well water monitoring will be conducted at 3:15 p.m. June 1 at Sand Hill Stable on Route 303, just west of the Route 44. Participants are asked to arrive as close to 3:15 p.m. as possible.

Trained water monitors from Concerned Citizens Ohio will test for chemicals and salts that can show possible contamination from nearby drilling, injection wells or pipeline leaks.

These water evaluations are not EPA certified, but they do provide a baseline in the event of contamination. Concerned Citizens Ohio recommends that private water wells be tested by an EPA certified lab, such as the Portage County Health Department, especially now that new pipeline construction is likely to pass close to individual water wells.

How and where a water sample is taken is important. If possible, run cold water for a full 10 minutes before the water reaches hot water heaters, softeners, or other treatment. Collect at least 2 cups of water in a clean, large mouth glass jar, such as a mason jar. Names should be on jars.

Since Sand Hill Stable is a private barn, Concerned Citizens request ask attendees not to disturb any of the animals. The barn is one of northeastern Ohio's first examples of 100 percent use of renewable solar energy, and it is a privilege to be there.

While awaiting test results, Concerned Citizens Ohio Coordinator Mary Greer will present an update on county efforts to improve road quality near injection wells, which receive heavy truck traffic, and an update on the monitoring water well program now being designed to alert residents who live near the injection well on Allyn Road in Hiram. The monitoring well program will be similar to the Garrettsville program, though not as in-depth.

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