Residential Water Supply and Homeowner Drinking Water Testing Evaluation Program - Luzerne County, PA

Homeowner and Residential Drinking Water, Groundwater, Spring Water Testing and Environmental Education PROGRAM
 

Residential Water Supply and Homeowner Drinking Water
Testing Evaluation Program

 

For Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
 



Environmental Education and Outreach - Drinking water testing and analysis services provided by a  research laboratory as part of the Homeowner Outreach Program for Luzerne County.  The residential water testing program includes analysis for common water quality problems, microbiological contamination, and makes recommendations regarding the potential need for water treatment devices, such as: softeners, reverse osmosis units, distillation, neutralizers, chlorination systems, ultraviolet or UV systems. As part of the Water Research Center continuing efforts of environmental education, we have established a number of outreach programs.  The outreach programs are managed by the Keystone Clean Water Team.

 

Self-Monitoring Testing Kits and Meters - screen samples at home.

Recent Presentations (2013) in Luzerne County - Workshop 1 and Workshop 2.

 



Homeowner Evaluation Programs


For Homeowners ONLY (Not for regulatory use !)
If you are looking for Baseline Testing Related to Natural Gas Development (click here)

 


Option 1: The Basic Water Chemistry Package and Bacterial Testing - You will be linked to a different web page - then navigate to Product List and Find the Code Sighted in the Link.

Quick Bacteria Test (Presence/Absence) - This is a quick test for the presence or absence of Coliform and E. Coli Bacteria. Coliform is an indicator bacteria that public water supplies are required to monitor. The presence of Coliform could indicate the presence of other infection disease causing organisms. If Coliform is present, then we look for E. Coli which is a known pathogen. (Code 9156)- $ 45.00, plus shipping.  Request information.

Inspect Test includes nitrate, nitrite, lead, total coliform, E. coli, and pH (field).(Code Special) - $ 200.00+, plus collection fee (Real Estate Transfers).  Request information.

Water Check 1 & 2- This testing package covers 19 heavy metals and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, lead, arsenic, and mercury. Additionally, analyzes other inorganic compounds and physical characteristics including nitrate, nitrite, chloride, fluoride, sulfate, alkalinity, pH and hardness.  (Code 9000)- $ 102.00, plus shipping.  Request information.

Corrosion Check - An informational testing package that was developed for people who are experiencing signs of corrosion in their plumbing fixtures.  This test analyzes contaminants that can specifically affect corrosion.  This package can be used for well water and city water.(Code 9201) - $ 115.00, plus shipping.  Request information. 

Option 2: Comprehensive Water Testing for Trace Metals and Organics

Watercheck- This informational testing package will check for 83 contaminants in your well water.  These contaminants include Bacteria, (19) Heavy Metals & Minerals, (6) Other Inorganic Chemicals, (5) Physical Characteristics, (4) Trihalomethanes (disinfection by-products) and (47) Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs).  This package works well for well water customers. (Code 9001)- $ 172.00, plus shippingRequest information.

Watercheck with Pesticide Option is an informational testing package will check for 103 contaminants in your well water.  These contaminants include Bacteria, (19) Heavy Metals & Minerals, (6) Other Inorganic Chemicals, (5) Physical Characteristics, (4) Trihalomethanes (disinfection by-products), (47) Volatile Organic Chemicals (VOCs), and (20) Pesticides, Herbicides and PCBs.  This package works well for well water customers.(Code 9002)- $ 211.00, plus shipping.  Request information.

 

Well-Check is our well water testing package that includes microbiological testing (Total Coliform & E-Coli) and the analysis of 19 heavy metals & minerals, 6 inorganic chemicals, and physical factors. This package helps homeowners to determine what is in their well water and if a treatment system is needed. This package is a great follow up test for our customers who are using our Watercheck test package and need to determine if new treatment systems are working to correct any bacteria or metals issues that were detected. This product also benefits anyone who is looking to monitor their well water on a regular basis. (Code 9003) - $ 142.00, plus shipping.  Request information. 
 

The City-Check Deluxe testing package is for customers on municipal water supplies who are concerned about pesticides and herbicides. This package includes everything in the Basic and Standard City-Check testing packages and adds on a list of 20 pesticides, herbicides and PCBs that are tested. Pesticides and herbicides are more likely to be found in water supplies that utilize surface water as a source rather than groundwater, due to runoff from agricultural areas. (Code 9503) -  $ 241.00, plus shipping. Request information. 

Option 3: Specialized Bacterial Testing  

Nuisance Bacteria Testing - Homeowners interested in getting their water tested and are experiencing nuisance related problems can have their water tested for specific nuisance related bacteria.  This package is recommended if you want to check the general potability of your water source, plus you are having problems with elevated iron levels, musty odors, or sulfur odors. The cost for the testing is $ 45.00 per bacterial screen or all three tests for a total cost of $ 110.00. The specialized bacterial testing package may include iron reducing bacteria, slime bacteria, and sulfur reducing bacteria.  To request a homeowners water sampling package, please send an email to the address found below and include the following: Name, complete mailing address, email address, and a description of your water supply and possible concerns by email to Request Order Form For Option 3. Please put Water Testing Option 3 in the Subject area.
 

Pathogenic Bacteria Screening - The specialized bacterial testing package that includes a presence/absence test for pathogenic bacteria.  This package is recommended if you want to check the general potability of your water source, plus you are having problems with musty odors, repeated coliform positives, taste problems, or sulfur odors.  The cost of this analysis is only $ 55.00 per sample and includes a professional evaluation of the results with recommendations. To request a homeowners water sampling package, please send an email to the address found below and include the following: Name, complete mailing address, email address, and a description of your water supply and possible concerns by email to Request Order Form For Option 5. Please put Water Testing Option 5 in the Subject area.

Option 4: Radiological Testing

The Standard Radiological water testing package includes Uranium, Gross Alpha & Beta and Radon in Water.(Code 7001)- $ 155.00, plus shipping.  Request information. 

Deluxe Radiological water testing package includes Uranium, Gross Alpha & Beta, Radon and Radium 226 & 228. (Code 7002) - $ 425.00, plus shipping.  Request information.

Option 5 - Reverse Osmosis System Testing 
A comprehensive testing package for city or well water to design a reverse osmosis treatment system. 
(Code 9174) - $ 316.00, plus shipping.  Request information.  

 

Option 6: Self-Monitoring Testing Kits and Meters
 

Certified Baseline Analysis

Baseline and Certified Water Quality Analysis in Pennsylvania

Baseline and Certified Water Quality Analysis Outside of PA

 

Education Program

The Water Research Center is making available a number of free informational documents related to common drink water quality issues and problems, such as: Giardia cysts, Crytpsporidium, nitrates, lead, corrosion, bacteria and much more.  Below are three more detailed reports, but more information can be found at the help desk.    We are also available conduct Community Based or Regional Water Quality / Private Well Owner Education Programs, Watershed Based Assessments, and aid in Developing Baseline/Regional Testing Programs -schedule a Workshop.
 

The informational documents that are available include:

The Water Library - Pdf files on Water Issues and Topics - A lot of Free Information pdf files, docs and html pages

Online Reference Library - Water Treatment, Septic System, Bioterroism - Free Articles, Links to Other Website, and Low Cost Reference Materials.

Report #1: Giardia and Crytosporidium and Waterborne Disease

Report #2: Nitrates: Health Hazard

Report #3: Lead in Drinking Water

Methane Gas Migration

Barium in Drinking Water
 



Online Training Courses

New Online Training Courses for Professional  - http://online-training-courses.info/
LEED- AP / Green Associate Training/ Professional Development Hours Courses

Alternative Energy and Green Technologies
 Energy Auditor Training Program
 Health and Safety Training - Chemical Handling and Disposal

 Water Treatment, Wastewater Treatment,
and Stormwater Design, Operation, and Management