Safe Drinking Water Clinic

Understand your drinking water supply. Learn how to protect, test, and treat water from wells & springs.
Safe Drinking Water Clinic - Workshops
Skill Level: Beginner
Length: 2 hours
Language: English
Note: Private water well owners: learn where the drinking water in your well comes from and how to keep it safe.

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Over one million homes and farms in Pennsylvania get their drinking water from a private well or spring. This workshop is designed for people who manage one of these private drinking water supplies. We'll cover how to test and protect your well or spring, and when water treatment might makes sense. We will also discuss well and spring system inspection and maintenance so you know how to protect your family, your property, and the groundwater we share.

Free water testing is frequently offered to a limited number of households at these workshops. Call or email the instructor listed for the event you plan to attend to confirm if testing will take place. See the instructor tab for this contact information.

Testing for any of the following may be offered: bacteria, pH, total dissolved solids, and nitrate nitrogen. Test results are not official, but are instead offered to help participants decide how soon they should consider additional testing by a state accredited laboratory. At a minimum, Penn State recommends testing every 12-14 months for bacteria (total coliform and E.coli. bacteria), and every three years for pH and total dissolved solids.

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

Who is this for?

Owners and users of private water systems (such and wells, springs and cisterns).

What will you learn?

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

Human health and environmental concerns related to private water supplies.


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