Publications and articles on how to test your water, where to find a water testing facility, and interpreting the results of a water test.
Find a water testing laboratory accredited by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA-DEP). Follow this link and page down to “Quick Reference Accredited Drinking Water Laboratories List”. This will take you to an Excel spreadsheet of labs that you can view by county and choose a Commercial or Academic lab.
Homeowners using wells, springs or cisterns as their water supply should consider having their water tested routinely.
This booklet explains how and why to test water for chemicals, bacteria, and other pollutants. Topics include reasons to test your water, using a certified laboratory, the typical water test report, drinking water standards, and descriptions of common pollutants.
What is the significance of the parameters listed in the water test report? This article outlines some of the major parameters you may see on the analysis and assists you in understanding the report.
Today’s dairy cows may consume more than 20 gallons of water per day yet water is often overlooked as a potential cause of herd health issues or reduced milk production. This article describes some of the common pollutants found in water supplies in Pennsylvania and their potential effect on dairy cows.
A survey of pond owners in Pennsylvania found that most had never tested the water quality in their ponds. As a result, many water quality problems are detected only after they cause an obvious problem. This article describes parameters included in a new Penn State pond/lake water test kit to help pond owners detect common water quality problems.
This website provides interpretation of water test results you have received from a water testing laboratory. Simply enter your results into the online form to get an interpretation of your results.
Penn State's Agricultural Analytical Services Laboratory performs water testing including Drinking Water Testing, Livestock Drinking Water Testing, Irrigation Water for Nurseries and Greenhouses, Irrigation Water for Turfgrasses, and Pond and Lake Water.