Free water monitoring conducted by Concerned Citizens Ohio/Shalersville Group

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Free well water monitoring will be conducted at 3:15 p.m. Sunday, at Sand Hill Stable, 4311 S.R. 303.

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. CCO recommends that private water wells should be tested by an EPA-certified lab, such as through the Portage County Health Department, especially now that new pipeline construction threatens to pass close to individual water wells.

To take a sample, run cold water for a full ten minutes before the water reaches hot water heaters, softeners, or other treatment. Collect the sample in a clean, large mouth glass jar -- at least two cups' worth. Names should be on jars.

Sand Hill Stable is a private barn. People who come are asked not to disturb any of the animals.

The barn is one of northeastern Ohio's special examples of 100 percent use of renewable solar energy.

While waiting for test results, a presentation offering information about the new Unity Pipeline scheduled for Portage County will be offered for those interested. Other pipeline problems and easement information will be available.

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