Pa. DEP to test water at Beth-Center Schools following preliminary reports from WV Water Research Institute

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February 1, 2016.  Original story by Scott Beveridge, Observer-Reporter, Washington, Pa.

DEEMSTON – The state Department of Environmental Protection will test the water supply to Bethlehem-Center School District next week on the heels of a preliminary report from West Virginia University that shows the supply has elevated levels of cancer-causing chemicals.

West Virginia Water Research Institute (WVWRI), which performed the water test in November and noted unacceptable levels of trihalomethanes at two Beth-Center schools, also will return to the district next week to perform a more in-depth analysis of the water, said Paul Ziemkiewicz, the institute’s director.

“It’s bad news,” Ziemkiewicz said Friday, adding the results from one test were not reason for the school district to panic.

Beth-Center Superintendent Linda Marcolini reached out to the institute last year after being concerned about tests that showed radiation in Ten Mile Creek. WVWRI performed follow-up tests on the creek and found the water to be within safe limits of radiation.

Read the full article on the Observer-Reporter website.

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CONTACT:  Andrew Stacy, WVWRI
ASTACY@mail.wvu.edu304-293-7085

The West Virginia Water Research Institute, a program of the National Research Center for Coal and Energy at West Virginia University, serves as a statewide vehicle for performing research related to water issues.  WVWRI is the premiere water research center in West Virginia and, within selected fields, an international leader.