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Group sets water testing/monitoring on April 7 in Streetsboro

By Bob Downing Published: March 29, 2013

A pree release from Concerned Citizens Ohio:


Free Water Testing/Monitoring, Class, and Battery Disposal

Concerned Citizens Ohio/Shalersville

Testing Day: April 7

Time: 3:15

Place: King of Glory Church next door to the Streetsboro Post Office

in Streetsboro Plaza, Streetsboro

For more information call Mary Greer 330-472-8086


Free Water Testing/Monitoring Day will take place this month on Sunday, April 7, at the King of Glory Church next door to the Streetsboro Post Office in the Streetsboro Plaza off Route 14 in Streetsboro.

Testing/Monitoring will begin at 3:15.


New additions to the Testing/Monitoring Day are  bothan informational class and a battery disposal opportunity.


The April class will be taught by Dr. Ted Voneida, about the health effects of fracking chemicals and gas well  air emissions on humans.  The public is welcome to the attend,even if not bringing water for testing. Previous classes have covered (I) Fracking Geology and Technology Basics and (II)Legislation and Exemptions. Class III will begin at 3:20.


Also, Concerned Citizens Ohio/Shalersville is now accepting old batteries and will dispose of them at environmentally appropriate Household HazMat Disposal sites for you. 


“We are always looking for ways to guard our fresh water resources,” said George Sosebee, one of the water testers.  “There is a fixed amount of fresh water in the world. We can’t afford to throw away anything that would eventually get into that water, like runoff from landfills. Old batteries add to the problem, so we are now taking them off people’s hands. “


CCO’s water tests/monitoring are not EPA certified but provide a baseline in the event of changing water quality. The group strongly recommends that all residents, especially those within two miles of injection (disposal) wells for fracking fluid or  horizontal gas wells immediately get EPA certified testing.

“It is one of the few protections we have for both our health and for proof in the event of a court case,” said Sosebee.


The Portage County Health Department offers  EPA certified water testing.  According to Sosebee, if the Health Department levy passes in May,   their “third tier” tests  (that test for chemicals associated with oil and gas activities) are likely to be discounted to be more affordable.   “Safe water is absolutely crucial,” Sosebee said.  “We are really worried about how many American citizens just can’t afford to find out about their own water.  This is not the America I believe in.”


How and where a water sample is taken is crucial. If possible, run cold water for 10 minutes before the water reaches treatment, like a softener or water heater. Collect at least two cups of water in a clean large mouth glass jar. Names should be on jars. Try to get the sample as close to testing time as possible, not the day before.


Water testing/monitoring have been well attended, so arrive early. For further information call Mary Greer, 330-472-8086. 



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