Monday, May 28, 2012

Water Well Testing Harveys Lake Pennsylvania and Q&A Session Offered

Water Well Tests and Q&A Session Offered

A comprehensive package of drinking water tests will be offered once again this summer at a deeply discounted price to Harveys Lake residents  ( Haveys Lake, Luzerne Wyoming County, PA) by the Water Research Center and National Testing Laboratories, Ltd. together with the Harveys Lake EAC.

The tests will be conducted on Saturday morning, July 21.  On Saturday morning, August 4, a free follow-up Q&A session on water well systems and non-point source pollution issues will be held.  The Q&A session is open to all residents, not just those testing their wells.

The cost of this year’s water well test package will rise to $95 (compared to a retail value of more than $225).  Residents' water will be tested for Alkalinity (Total as CaCO3), Chloride, Fluoride, Hardness, Nitrate as N, Orthophosphate, pH (Standard Units), Sulfate, Total Dissolved Solids, Turbidity (Turbidity Units), Total Coliform with e. coli check, Aluminum, Arsenic, Barium, Cadmium, Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Lead, Magnesium, Manganese, Mercury, Nickel, Potassium, Selenium, Silica, Silver, Sodium and Zinc.  This includes some key Marcellus Shale Indicators.

Interested residents should register with Denise, at 570-639-1042. Participants can pick up water sampling kits at the Harveys Lake Borough Building between July 9 and 21.  Water samples must be dropped off between 10am and noon on July 21 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 Water Research Center within two weeks of the testing date.  Payment in full for the testing is due on July 21.

The well water and non-point source pollution Q&A session will be conducted at 10AM on August 4 by Brian Oram, a professional geologist and water well expert who has run the testing programs here at Harveys Lake for many years.  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- They are fact based and provide action items to correct and evaluate problems.

Important Note: This program’s test results do not meet the requirements of a legal baseline water well test.  However, these tests remain a valuable and cost-effective opportunity for homeowners to monitor the safety of their drinking water.  If legal baseline testing is needed or would like to schedule a community information meeting with Q/A, please contact Mr. Brian Oram, PG at 570-335-1947 or go to


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