Soil and water

Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District Plans Groundwater Awareness Events

The Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District invites the public to celebrate National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 6-12, to increase awareness and protection of this vital resource on which 98% of residents of Geauga County count.

National Groundwater Awareness Week serves as a helpful annual reminder to maintain wells and test and protect water and Geauga SWCD is offering two special opportunities in March to help people learn how, according to a news release.

“Well Educated: A Deeper Look at Groundwater and Well Care” will take place from 6-8 p.m., March 15, at the Geauga County Public Library Administration Center, 12701 Ravenwood Drive in Chardon.

Local resource professionals from Geauga SWCD, Geauga Public Health, Geauga County Water Resources Department and the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency will provide insight into groundwater, well maintenance, the importance tests and online resources available.

The district also offers free drinking water testing for total coliform bacteria to Geauga County residents who register and participate in this program.

Reservations are required before March 11 and places are limited. To register, visit or email [email protected] or call 440-834-1122.

Then, at 6 p.m. on March 16, “Rain Barrel Basics: A Barrel of Fun” will be held at the Geauga West Library, 13455 Chillicothe Road in Chester Township.

Rain barrels are an easy way to bring water conservation benefits to the yard while reducing roof runoff. This introductory program will cover rain barrel benefits, considerations, installation tips and helpful resources, the statement said.

A rain barrel will also be offered as a door prize. To register, visit the Geauga Public Library website or call 440-729-4250.