Protect your private water well and your family
You can provide some measure of protection for your health, your family, your property if you:
- Get your property appraised before any industrial activity like drilling, pipelines, or related activities begin in your neighborhood. You can download the "Protect yourself Before Drilling Begins" flyer below.
- Contact your mortgage holder and home insurance company to find out if having a high volume horizontal deep shale (HVDS) well pad on your land, or "laterals" from HVDS well drilled under your land, pipelines or other infrastructure on your land, or on a neighbor's land will affect your home insurance or your mortgage.
- If you have a private water well, get a baseline tier III Water test by an EPA certified lab. You can call the Portage County Health Department for information or check the EPA website for a list of labs.
- If you live in a village or town, contact your elected official(s) in charge of the municipal water system. Find out what they are doing to protect your water system from contamination, if the town's water fields feeding the town well is located under land that might be leased. Bring your elected officials information about Garrettsville's water testing Program. Ask your town to make the same investment in your municipal drinking water system. Download Garrettsville's Municipal Water Monitoring Checklist.