Free water well testing this Sunday

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Free well water testing will be conducted at 3:15 p.m. Sunday at the King of Glory Church next to the Streetsboro Post Office in the Streetsboro Plaza, just off S.R. 303 in Streetsboro.

The testing is conducted by the local Concerned Citizens of Ohio group. A new addition to "testing day" is a series of classes on fracking.

The March class (Class 2) is "Exemptions in the Law for Oil and Gas: The Real Reasons That Fracking Is Dangerous." Class I, "What Is Fracking,"was presented at the February testing. The third class in the series, "Impacts of Fracking on Drinking Water," is scheduled for April 7.

Residents are reminded that the tests are not EPA certified but do provide a baseline in the event of changing water quality. The group continues to recommend EPA-certified tests for other chemicals common to fracking. How and where a water sample is taken is crucial. 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. Owners' names should be on jars.

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