Rural water & septic workshop in Warren

Date(s) - Monday, May 08, 2017
6:00 pm

Jefferson DeFrees Family Center


People often move to the country without realizing that they are taking on the responsibility for the safety and functionality of their own water supply and wastewater treatment.

Bryan Swistock, Water Resources Extension Specialist in the College of Agricultural Science and Management at Penn State University, will present “Water and Septic Workshop: What Rural Landowners Should Know” on Monday, May 8.

The same presentation will be given twice. It will be presented at 1 p.m. at the Audubon Community Nature Center, 1600 Riverside Rd., one-quarter mile east of Route 62 between Jamestown, New York, and Warren, Pennsylvania.

The second presentation will be given at 6 p.m. at Jefferson DeFrees Family Center, 207 2nd Ave., Warren, Pennsylvania.

Reservations for the workshop are required by midnight on Friday, May 5, and can be made online for either session.

If you attend the workshop at Audubon, you will receive with your reservation a 10 percent discount in Audubon’s Blue Heron Gift Shop and on a water test through Penn State Water Testing Lab, plus a free admission ticket to the Nature Center.

This is your opportunity to learn about proper care of springs, wells, septic systems, and more. Come and learn what these systems are made of, how they work, how to care for them and when to call a professional. This workshop is focused on the practical knowledge and actions that homeowners can take.

While New York State has water well regulations, Pennsylvania does not. Both states have on-lot septic regulations, but the workshop will not delve deeply into regulation aspects.

Topics to be covered include private water supplies and their descriptions; construction of, protection of, testing of, and solving water problems; septic systems and their types, maintenance, causes of failures and fixes for problems.

Bryan Swistock has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in Environmental Pollution Control from Penn State University. For the past 29 years he has conducted research and taught extension programs on emerging water resources issues in Pennsylvania. Over the last 10 years he has focused on projects related to the proper construction, testing, and management of rural drinking water supplies. He has authored numerous journal articles and presented hundreds of programs on the topic.