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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Testing Shows Water From Local Roadside Springs Contaminated

Testing Shows Water From Local Roadside Springs Contaminated

September 24th, 2014
Two popular roadside springs in the Coudersport area and others near Emporium and Port Allegany have been tested as not safe for human consumption, but people continue to drink the water. Extensive testing of the four springs by Penn State Extension showed coliform bacteria.
Many locals use the springs as a source of drinking water and routinely fill jugs for personal use. They are:
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  • The Rigas Spring off Rt. 49, north of Coudersport, which has a coliform bacteria count of 66 parts per 100 milliliters. No E coli was detected. The spring has a built-in drinking fountain.
  • Dingman Run Spring on Coudersport’s west side, showing a bacteria count of 4 ppm. No E coli was detected. The spring has a distribution network feeding a handful of homes.
  • Railroad Avenue Second Switchback spring in Cameron County, with a coliform level of 165 ppm, as well as an E coli level of two.
  • Route 6 Spring, east of Port Allegany, was found to have a coliform level of 101 ppm and an E coli level of one.
Coliform is considered an unhealthy contaminant of drinking water. Public drinking water sources are prohibited by the Environmental Protection Agency to contain any detectable levels. Coliform can cause mild illnesses and could lead to serious waterborne diseases such as cholera and dysentery. E coli is more serious health concern. It indicates raw animal or human sewage is present, according to Jim Clark, water resources educator for Penn State Extension.
“Coliform is an indicator bacteria,” Clark said. “If it comes up positive in test results, there is a pathway for potentially contaminated surface water to enter your water supply.” Some common sources of bacterial pollution include runoff from woodlands, pastures and feedlots; septic tanks and sewage plants; droppings from animals and wild fowl, or decaying animals.
“If deer congregate above a spring source, it’s very likely that the water will carry bacteria,” Clark said. “Drinking water from roadside springs without treating the water is a health risk. If it’s going to be used, it should be properly disinfected and at the very least should be boiled.”

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

People have been drinking water from these springs for decades and have never had problems. People from this area have built up a resistance. Just like a lot of people around here aren't bothered by poison ivy, we're use to it.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like the Dingman Run Spring is your best bet.

Anonymous said...

Seriously if the water is not fit to drink, why don't the people who test it, or the health department put up notification that it's not safe?

Anonymous said...

The EPA won't be happy until everyone is drinking chlorinated publicly owned water supplies

Anonymous said...

The powers that be don't want us to have access to FREE water. They want us to have to pay for it! Don't believe it people. Test it for yourself!

Anonymous said...

E Coli is a serious thing and it can make you deathly ill. So i would be cautious of this.

Anonymous said...

Build up resistance ? I know someone who has E Coli. There's no cure for it! People have died from this bacteria !

Anonymous said...

The Dingman Run spring looks pretty dry right now anyway.

Anonymous said...

If you are gonna drink the water, at least have your life insurance paid on time.

Anonymous said...

My god post warning signs. There are people who give that water to their children. What kind of company test and find it not safe and fail to put up warning signs.

Anonymous said...

Private water sources on private land. Don't have the right to post it.


Would you want the government to post a sign on your house warning people that eating there will give you diabetes?

Anonymous said...

Do it for the children!

Anonymous said...

News flash: Poison Ivy is virtually non-existant in the northern part of PA. Hard to get immunity from something you never come in contact with.

Anonymous said...

I had the port A spring tested and it failed.... Fix the water at your house I guess. No good.