Home Water and Septic Workshop

Understand your drinking water supply and septic systems. Learn how to protect, test, and treat water from wells and springs, and how to maintain and inspect your septic system.
Home Water and Septic Workshop - Workshops
Skill Level: Beginner
Length: 2 hours
Language: English
Note: Well and septic system owners: learn how to keep your family's drinking water safe and septic system functioning.

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Wells and springs supply water to over 1,000,000 farms and homes in Pennsylvania, mostly in suburban and rural areas. Many residents also use on-lot septic systems to treat and dispose of wastewater. This workshop will provide information on protecting, testing, and treating private water supplies. We will also discuss septic system inspection and maintenance. Learn how to protect your family, your property, and our shared ground and surface water resources.

Free water testing is frequently offered to a limited number of households at each workshop. Select a workshop location above, and then look for the Instructors tab for information on who to call or email to confirm if water sample testing will take place at that workshop.

Screening may include coliform bacteria, E. coli, pH, total dissolved solids, and nitrate and is usually provided for up to 30 households who first register at each location. Results from simple tests can help guide you in future testing by accredited labs. Sample collection instructions will be provided after you register.

Support for these workshops is provided by the Master Well Owner Network grant from PA Department of Environmental Protection and the PA Ground Water Association.

Who is this for?

Owners and users of private water systems (such as wells, springs and cisterns.) and/or on-lot septic systems.

What will you learn?

How to protect, test, and treat your family's drinking water

How to maintain and inspect your septic system to keep it functioning properly

Human health and environmental concerns related to private water supplies and septic systems.


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