Almost 700 wells and springs providing drinking water in Cameron, Potter and six other counties were tested earlier this year for contamination. Results of these private water supply tests will be made public during a meeting to be held at 6:30 pm Tuesday, Oct. 30, at the 911 Center in Smethport. Water specialist Bryan Swistock and water educator Jim Clark from Penn State Extension will share the results of tests conducted in part to create a baseline before natural gas drilling begins in earnest.
There were 108 wells and springs tested in Potter County. Tests were also conducted in McKean, Cameron, Elk, Jefferson, Clearfield, Clinton and Centre counties. Extension continues a long-term project to test more private water supplies to further expand the baseline, with a particular emphasis on farmers. Those planning to attend Tuesday’s program should call 887-5613 to register.
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