Ohio property owners who want to drill new or deeper water wells on their land may want to consult new groundwater resource maps the Ohio Department of Natural Resources has made available for all 88 Ohio counties.
The color-coded maps can give people an idea how much water a new well is likely to produce in any given county. They also give a brief description of the bedrock and other geological features that will be encountered, as well as an inventory of naturally occurring inorganic chemicals.
The maps can be viewed or downloaded on a computer by visiting the Ohio DNR's Web site, www.ohiodnr.com.
Hard copies can be ordered at $8 per map, plus shipping and handling, from the agency's water division. Similar maps can be found at the Ohio DNR Web site for groundwater pollution and a 1998-2000 state aquifer mapping project.