Testing for Total Dissolved Solids Photo:Susan Boser
Extension recently partnered with the student-run Alliance for Aquatic Resource Monitoring (ALLARM) group for Lawrence and Mercer Counties at Westminster College to conduct a drinking water workshop for residents and students. The Lawrence and Mercer ALLARM group encourages and helps community members and students to learn about water quality and provides the resources for water monitoring.
Sixteen participants gathered at Westminster College in New Wilmington on April 10 where Penn State Extension Educator, Susan Boser spoke about private water systems, water well maintenance and water treatment options. During the workshop, members of the ALLARM team tested participant – provided water samples for pH, TDS, nitrates and hardness to give them a brief snapshot of their overall water quality. Those seeking more in-depth information about their water supply were encouraged to utilize Penn State’s AASL lab by picking up a kit at their local county Extension office, or another DEP certified water testing lab.