Press Release

Have you ever had the drinking water from your well, spring, or cistern tested for lead and other health-related pollutants? If not, here’s your chance! 

Penn State Extension has received funding through the Pennsylvania Department of Health cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control, Environmental Health Capacity building initiative (Grant #1NUE1EH001414-01-00) and with support from the Penn State Master Well Owner Network to provide no-cost drinking water testing to a limited number of homeowners in Lebanon County using private water wells, springs, or cisterns. 

Each water supply will receive testing through a PA DEP state accredited water testing laboratory for coliform bacteria, E.coli bacteria, nitrate, manganese, arsenic, lead, copper, barium, and sodium. Registration will be limited to approximately 35 households. Each household must own or rent a primary residence (no camps) in Lebanon County that uses a private well, spring or cistern for a drinking water supply. Registrants are required to attend a one-hour initial webinar on May 2, 2022 at 12:00 pm ET to learn about the testing program. After attending the webinar, homeowners will be able to pick up a water testing kit during business hours any day for the rest of the week and then return it any time between 9am and 12pm the following Monday, May 9. Pick-up/drop-off location will be in the South Lebanon area and full details will be provided during the webinar. Optional follow-up webinars will be offered to provide interpretation of results and to answer questions. Registration and further information for this testing programs is available online at or by calling 1-877-345-0691 

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