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Where does your drinking water come from? Groundwater, which is found in the cracks and spaces in underground soil, sand and rock.

Pike 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 host “Discovering Your Drinking Water on Monday, March 26, at 7 p.m. at the district office, 556 Route 402, to discuss the importance of groundwater and provide some useful tips on maintaining good drinking water quality. The event is free and open to the public.

Participants will learn the importance of groundwater, how groundwater reaches a well, and how easily it can be polluted. Participants will be provided a list of simple tasks they can do around their home to prevent groundwater pollutants from entering drinking water.

The first 10 registered participants will receive 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.

To register, email pikecd@pikepa.org or 570-226-8220.