No Water Monitoring in November or December
We'll see you in January, 2016 at the Hiram Christian Church, 7 p.m., January 25th (the fourth Monday of the month). Bring a clean, fresh sample of your water before any treatment (as close to your water well as possible), in a glass jar. We'll have some cookies and hot cider while you wait. Because the fourth Monday in November and December are so close to holidays, we've canceled our program for these two months. See you in January!
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.
- Join the Concerned Citizens Ohio (Hiram or Shalersville) water monitoring program. Our water monitors were trained in the Sierra Club water sentinel program. We measure your well water's conductivity and chloride. By measuring these in your water monthly or every few months, you have an ongoing record showing the normal fluctuations in minerals in your water. If your numbers show a sudden spike after drilling or other unusual activity in your neighborhood, you will know it is time to get another lab test done. Download the water monitoring flyer below for details, times and locations.
- 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.