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Virtual Workshop: Private Water Supply Education and Water Testing

by Penn State Extension

Virtual Workshop: Private Water Supply Education and Water Testing

Do you live in one of the more than one million homes and farms in Pennsylvania that get their drinking water from a private well or spring? Do you know what is in your drinking water and how to keep it safe for you and your family? Would you like to have your water tested for free? The Private Water Supply Education and Water Testing event is designed for people who manage a private drinking water supply. We’ll cover how to test and protect your well or spring and when water treatment might make sense. We will also discuss well and spring system inspection and maintenance so you know how to protect your family, your property, and the groundwater we share. This event is for residents of Pennsylvania who use a private water supply (well, spring, cistern) in their primary residence.

We’ll explain how to test and guard your well or spring and when water treatment makes sense. We will also cover well and spring system inspection and upkeep, so you know how to protect your family, your property, and the groundwater we share.

WHEN: August 22, 2023 (3:00 PM-4:00 PM ET)

To participate in this program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • In order to qualify for free water testing, registrants must register and attend the live educational virtual event.
  • Have primary residence (no camps or summer homes) with a private water supply that is either a well, spring, or cistern.

Participants will be provided with a copy of the publication “Water Tests: What Do the Numbers Mean?”

Only one test is permitted per household. Water testing supplies will be distributed to participants after attending the event. Using a pre-paid mailer, participants must return their water samples by a specified date.

The following parameters will be tested: bacteria, nitrate, manganese, lead, copper, barium, sodium, and arsenic. All these tests are related to potential health risks and can only be detected through water testing. A Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Accredited Laboratory will do all testing.

Who is this for?

Residents of Pennsylvania with a private water supply (well, spring, cistern)

What will you learn?

  • How to test and protect your well or spring
  • When water treatment makes sense
  • Well/spring system inspection and maintenance

Funding for this program was possible by the Pennsylvania Department of Health cooperative agreement with CDC Environmental Health Capacity building initiative (Grant #1NUE1EH001414-01-00) and support from the Master Well Owner Network grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

This event is offered at no charge to participants thanks to funding provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health cooperative agreement with the CDC Environmental Health Capacity building initiative and support from the Master Well Owner Network grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

Registration is required to receive the link to access the webinar. Registrants will also receive access to the webinar recording.

Register By: August 21, 2023 11:59 PM