Free water testing for private wells, springs in Pike County

| 10 Feb 2023 | 12:35

Do you have a private drinking water well, spring, or cistern? Are you interested in learning more about how to protect, test, and treat your family’s drinking water? Would you like to have your drinking water tested for lead and other health-related pollutants?

If yes, here’s your chance.

Penn State Extension has once again received funding through the Pennsylvania Department of Health cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control, Environmental Health Capacity building initiative to provide no-cost drinking water testing to a limited number of homeowners in Pennsylvania using private water wells, springs or cisterns.

To qualify for free water testing, you must use a private water well, spring or cistern as your primary source of drinking water and must register and attend a 1 ½ hour educational workshop. The workshop will be offered April 4 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Pike County Training Center in Lords Valley.

Registration is required and limited to approximately 35 households. Drinking water test kits will be available at the workshop on April 4.

Each water supply will receive testing through the Penn State Ag Analytical Services Lab for coliform bacteria, E.coli bacteria, nitrate, manganese, arsenic, lead, copper, barium, and sodium. Only one water test will be provided per household. Registration and further information for this testing program is available online at or by calling 1-877-345-0691.

If you have any questions about this no-cost testing program, contact Peter Wulfhorst at 570-832-2803 or

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