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