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Canton studies what it takes to keep its aquifers safe
The $500,000 study will assess the potential effects of industrial and transportation accidents near Canton's water fields
by WKSU's TIM RUDELL


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With gas and oil drillers active and the economy moving in Stark County, Canton wants to make sure its water supply is protected. WKSU’s Tim Rudell reports on one step the city is taking, and another it is considering.

RUDELL on Canton assessing risks and buying rights.

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Canton City Council approved a $500,000 contract with an environmental consulting firm to study the three aquifers the city uses to provide water to about 120,000 people in central Stark County. 

Tyler Converse heads the Canton Water Department. He says the idea is to identify, assess and catalog potential sources of contamination. The information will then be used to underpin a plan to handle problems that emerge and head off risks that might come with development near those sites.

“Sometimes we might go to council or look on the legal end for permitting issues that we can put in place, or zoning issues, to help protect those areas.”

Canton City Council also gave first reading to a measure that would spend roughly another half a million dollars to buy land and mineral rights in close proximity to the city's well fields.  

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