Free well water testing will be conducted at 3:15 p.m. today at the King of Glory Church next to the Streetsboro Post Office in the Streetsboro Plaza just off S.R. 303.
Trained water testers from Concerned Citizens Ohio will test for the chemicals and salts that can show possible contamination from nearby drilling for gas and oil wells. A new addition to the test will be a class conducted on "What Is Fracking?" by Mary Greer, a retired Hudson educator.
"We are excited to add a class on fracking to testing day," said Greer. "We have a ten-page handout for residents on Ohio's geology, aquifers, the process of fracking, and the chemicals involved. Although the water tests go fast, participants can learn about this new technology while they are waiting for their results." The class will begin at 3:30 p.m. and testing will start at 3:15.
The tests performed by the group are not EPA certified but do provide a baseline in the event of contamination. The group continues to recommend the EPA-certified test for many more potential fracking chemicals. Testing monthly also provides information that can prove water quality consistency if a resident ever ends up in court because of a contaminated well.
How and where a water sample is taken is crucial, the group said. If possible, run cold water for a full ten minutes before water reaches the hot water heater or water softener, as close to the well as possible. Collect the sample in a clean large-mouth glass jar, at least two cups' worth. A mason jar is a good choice. Names should be on jars.
According to the group, for those who cannot run their water because their pretreatment faucet is in a basement with no drain, a new trick is to wash two loads of clothes in cold water before taking the sample. The purpose is to avoid sampling water that has been standing in pipes for a long period of time, which could give a false reading.
Because of the demand, Hiram Township and Paris Township branches of Concerned Citizens Ohio are being trained to provide free water testing in their areas.
For further information, call Mary Greer, 330-472-8086. The group is not associated with any political party or religion.