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Understanding How to Protect Your Drinking Water

Understanding How to Protect Your Drinking Water

Where does your drinking water come from? Groundwater!

well headPike County is almost entirely dependent on groundwater to meet its drinking water needs. With the exception of bottled water, all water that is consumed at home, in school, and in the workplace originates as groundwater from private, community and municipal wells and springs. This groundwater we all rely on can become polluted when substances that are harmful to human health get into our groundwater. Some of these pollutants can include road salt, cleaning supplies, home heating oil, medicines, weed killers, fertilizers and more.

Pike County Conservation District, in cooperation with Pike County — Penn State Extension and the Pocono Source Water Protection Collaborative, will be hosting three free workshops throughout Pike County to discuss the importance of groundwater and provide some useful tips on maintaining good drinking water quality. At the workshops participants will learn the importance of groundwater, how groundwater reaches your well, and how easily it can be polluted. Participants will be provided a list of simple steps they can do around their home to prevent groundwater pollutants from entering drinking water.

The first 10 registered participants per workshop will be provided a water test kit at no charge to take home and test their own drinking water. The water test will include coliform bacteria, nitrates, pH and Total Dissolved Solids.  The water test results will be forwarded to homeowners along with any potential steps needed to improve drinking water in their home. The workshops will be held at the following times and locations:

Workshop #2 – Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Dingman Township Building, 118 Fisher Lane, Milford, Pennsylvania 18337

Workshop #3 – Monday, March 26, 2018 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Pike County Conservation District Office, 556 Route 402, Hawley, PA 18428