Free well water monitoring will be conducted at 7 p.m. October 24th at the Hiram Christian Church at the corner of S.R. 82 and S.R. 700 in Hiram.
Trained water monitors from Concerned Citizens Ohio will test for chemicals and salts that can show possible contamination from nearby drilling, injection wells, pipeline leaks, or other problems.
These water evaluations are not EPA-certified, but they do provide a baseline in the event of contamination.
CCO recommends that private water wells should be tested by an EPA-certified lab, such as the Portage County Health Department, if well water shows unwanted results.
If possible, run cold water for a full 10 minutes from a faucet close to the well---before the water reaches hot water heaters, softeners, or other filtering treatment. Collect the sample (about two cups) in a clean, large-mouth glass jar such as a mason jar. Names should be on jars.
Through most of the year, monitoring is held on the fourth Monday of the month at the Hiram Christian Church. Because of the holidays, there will be no water monitoring November or December. We will resume our monthly testing in January.