Penn State Extension to Provide Free Water Testing

Penn State Extension has received funding through the Pennsylvania Department of Health cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control, Environmental Health Capacity building initiative (Grant #1NUE1EH001414-01-00) and with support from the Penn State Master Well Owner Network to provide no-cost drinking water testing to a limited number of homeowners in Lackawanna County using private water wells, springs, or cisterns.

Each water supply will receive testing through a PA DEP state accredited water testing laboratory for  coliform bacteria, E.coli bacteria, nitrate, manganese, arsenic, lead, copper, barium, and sodium.  Registration will be limited to approximately 35 households.  Each household must own or rent a primary residence (no camps) in Lackawanna County that uses a private well, spring or cistern for a drinking water supply.  Registrants are required to attend a one-hour initial webinar on April 26, at 4 p.m.  to learn about the testing program.  

After attending the webinar, homeowners will be mailed a water testing kit.  Optional follow-up webinars will be offered to provide interpretation of results and to answer questions.  Registration and further information for this testing programs is available online at  or by calling 1-877-345-0691.

For any questions about this no-cost testing program, contact Peter Wulfhorst at 570-296-3400 (phone) or (email).   

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