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
Water Research Center
Residential Water Supply and Homeowner Drinking Water
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, the following programs and pages were established:
Homeowner Evaluation Program
Homeowner Education Program
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)
Informational Water Testing Program
- Low Cost Screening Tests
Option 1: The Basic Water Chemistry Package and Bacterial Testing - You will be linked to a different webpage - 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)- $ 40.00, plus shipping. - Request information
Inspect Test includes bacteria, nitrate, nitrite, iron, lead, copper, turbidity, and pH.(Code 9154) - $ 127.00, plus shipping. - 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) - $ 110.00, 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)- $ 167.00, plus shipping - Request information .
Watercheck with Pesticide Option- This 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)- $ 206.00, 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) - $ 137.00, plus shipping.- Request information
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 run-off from agricultural areas. (Code 9503)
- $ 236.00, plus shipping.
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 $ 30.00 per bacterial screen or all three tests for a total cost of $ 70.00. 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 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
Please put Water Testing Option 5 in Subject area.
Option 4: Radiological Testing
The Standard Radiological
water testing package includes Uranium, Gross Alpha & Beta and Radon in
(Code 7001)- $ 150.00, plus shipping.
Deluxe Radiological water testing package includes Uranium, Gross Alpha & Beta, Radon and Radium 226 & 228. (Code 7002) - $ 420.00, plus shipping. - Request information
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 - (leads to off site links)
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
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Training Courses for Professional -
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
For More information about
the Water Research Center,
Attn: Mr. Brian Oram,
Professional Geologist (PG)
Water Research Center
B.F. Environmental Consultants Inc.
15 Hillcrest Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
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