Hiram citizens group offers water tests

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Concerned Citizens Ohio/Hiram will be offering water monitoring the fourth Monday of every month in the Community Room at the Hiram Christian Church, at the intersection of state routes 700, 82 and 305 in Hiram. The group's first session will be 7 p.m. Monday.

For more information contact Gwen Fischer at 330-569-7863 or concernedcitizensohio@gmail.com.

This neighbors-helping-neighbors monitoring program is offered free to test private water wells for indicators of water quality before more "fracking" or injection wells come into their neighborhoods. The testing does not replace EPA certified lab tests.

With regular monitoring, the testing will establish baseline records indicating general water quality. Spikes in the numbers recorded over time may indicate possible chemical contamination underground.

For accurate readings, water samples should be as directly from the well as possible, not the water sitting in the pipes, before any treatment. To flush the pipes completely, samples should be collected after running household cold water for about 10 minutes. To save water, the group suggests washing several loads of laundry in cold water before sampling. Use a clean, wide-mouthed, covered glass container that holds about 8 oz.

Concerned Citizens Ohio/ Shalersville continues to offer free water monitoring in their Streetsboro location, King of Glory Church in Streetsboro Plaza, at 3:15 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month. For more information contact Mary Greer at 330-472-8086.

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