Extension Service Offers Limited Water Testing in Berks

UNIVERSITY PARK PA – Home owners in Boyertown, Barto, Bechtelsville, and other parts of Berks County who rely on private wells, springs, or cisterns for their drinking water may be eligible to have those sources tested in workshops being provided by Penn State Extension through July (2021).

More than one million homes and farms get their drinking water from private sources, according to Water Resources Extension Educator Susan Boser. Of those, she reported, about half “fail at least one drinking water standard, but many pollutants have no obvious indicators. The only way to be certain that water is safe to drink is to have it tested by an accredited laboratory.”

The no-cost drinking water testing is available to a limited number of applicants, who must first attend and complete webinars about the program. The effort is financially supported by the Pennsylvania departments of Health and Environmental Protection, the Pennsylvania Groundwater Association, and the federal Centers for Disease Control.

The webinar for Berks County is scheduled May 17 (Monday) at noon; register online for it here, or call 877-345-0691.

In addition to Berks, the “Private Water Supply Education and Water Testing” webinars currently also are being made available in Beaver, Bedford, Bradford, Dauphin, Erie, Monroe, Potter, Tioga, Venango, Washington and Westmoreland counties. Seminars in Lancaster, Mifflin, Cumberland, Franklin and Columbia counties will follow later.

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