Homeowners with wells in Shalersville, Mantua, Hiram, Nelson, and surrounding areas are invited to bring their water to be tested for free. Concerned Citizens Ohio/Shalersville will test well water at no charge on Sunday, Dec. 2, starting at 3:15 P.M., at the King of Glory Church in the Streetsboro Plaza, located just off State Route 303 in Streetsboro. This free water test is not EPA certified. (Portage County Health Department water well sampling fees range from $170 – over $300.) The purpose of this free test is to give residents baseline test results so a spike due to contamination from drilling for natural gas can be detected before health impacts occur. Water should be drawn before treatment (prior to being softened or heated), at a point closest to the well. Bring two cups of water in a clean glass container with a clean lid. For best results, allow water to run for 3 minutes before collecting a sample.
Concerned Citizens Ohio is a citizen-based group whose purpose is to act as citizens helping citizens. This free testing takes place on the first Sunday of every month at the same location. For further information, call 330-472-8086.