Saturday, July 10, 2010

Getting the Waters Tested - Informational and Educational Program in Luzerne County, PA

On Saturday morning, July 24, a comprehensive package of drinking water tests will be offered once again at a deeply discounted price to Harveys Lake residents by Wilkes University together with the Harveys Lake EAC.
On Saturday morning, August 14, a free follow-up Q&A session on water well systems and non-point source pollution issues will be held.  This discussion will also include a summary of the available water quality data, regional water quality, and the other regional issues.

The test package will remain priced at $75 (compared to a retail value of at least $180), but additional parameters will be tested this year. The Wilkes University Water Quality Laboratory will measure residents' water for pH, conductivity, turbidity, total dissolved solids, total coliform, fecal coliform, fecal streptococcus, sodium, potassium, copper, iron, manganese, zinc,  chloride, sulfate, nitrate-nitrite, and phosphate. (This testing is being done for informational and educational purposes only and does not meet the requirements of a legal baseline.)   The purpose of this testing is to help you, the citizen, identify or explain current water quality problems, evaluate your existing treatment system, and to help understand the quality of the water as it relates to the longer management of the lake, i.e., nutrient loading.

Interested residents should register with Denise, at 639-1042. Participants can pick up water sampling kits at the Harveys Lake Borough Building between July 12 and 24. Water samples must be dropped off between 10am and noon on July 24 at the Borough Building’s meeting room, where scientists will perform certain tests immediately. Confidential final test results will be mailed to participants directly from the Wilkes laboratory within two weeks of the testing date. Payment in full for the testing is due on July 24.
The well water and non-point source pollution Q&A session will be conducted at 10AM on August 7 by Brian Oram, a professional geologist and Director of the Wilkes University Center for Environmental Quality Water Lab. Brian will make an informative presentation and then take questions from the public. Brian’s past Q&A sessions here at the lake have been greatly appreciated by all attendees.
Additional supports of the Q&A program and educational outreach are The Consortium for Scientific Assistance to Watersheds (C-SAW), the Pocono Northeast Resource Conservation and Development Council and Wilkes University.

If you are looking to conduct a baseline water quality assessment - this water testing is not for you, but the information session on August 7, 2010 may be helpful.  If you are looking for a certified testing laboratory, please consider downloading this spreadsheet.

The Wilkes University - Water Quality Website is
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