January 04, 2021

Penn State Extension Offering No-Cost Well Water Testing for 45 Households in Union County

 Penn State Extension has received funding from the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to provide no-cost drinking water testing to 45 households in Union County using private well water, springs, or cistern for their drinking water supply. There is a limit of 1 (one) test per household.
The testing is for private water supplies that are actively being used for drinking water in the household or rental unit. Camps or seasonal households that are not continuously used are not eligible for this program. Homes using a public or municipal drinking water supply are also not eligible for this program. The commercial value of this no-cost water testing would be $135.
After attending this webinar, households will be mailed a no-cost water test kit with a pre-paid UPS shipping label to return the kit. Individual water samples will be analyzed by the Penn State University lab for numerous drinking water parameters including total coliform bacteria, E. coli bacteria, pH, total dissolved solids, alkalinity, hardness, corrosivity, nitrate, arsenic, copper, and lead.
Registration is low for our Union County private well water testing program kicking off on January 13 at this point.   Only Union County Residents are eligible, but for those residents, it’s a great opportunity to have their well water tested for free.  Test kits will be mailed to registered households with free return shipping.  
The registration deadline is January 12. To register, they can go to this site:

 CVENT: https://extension.psu.edu/private-well-water-testing-program-in-union-county