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Buckingham to host water-quality events


When it comes to their water, people have questions. What’s in it? Where does it come from? Should I test it? Bottled or tap? And that’s just the water we drink.

Then there’s the health of the creeks, springs and other water sources that supply our municipal and private wells. How can area residents help protect them? And what’s a “watershed,” anyway?

These and related questions will be explored in two events hosted by the Buckingham Environmental Advisory Commission (EAC) in February.

The first, on Feb. 3 from 1-3 p.m. at the Buckingham Township Building, will focus on drinking water. Jim Walter, PhD – a Master Watershed Steward and EAC member – and Gary Weaver of Castle Valley Consultants – a consultant to the township on water and wastewater issues – will talk about private wells and Buckingham’s public water, respectively, before opening the floor to questions.

Topics at the Feb. 3 event will include how private wells work, the difference between health and taste issues in drinking water, how to get well-water tested, what PFAS is and an overview of Pennsylvania’s drinking-water standards.

The Feb. 24 event will take place from 1-3 p.m. in the Buckingham Township Building and focus on the health of local watercourses. Attendees will learn why run-off matters, how native plants affect water quality, “green” landscaping tips, how to manage stormwater and the extent and impacts of microplastic pollution in area waters.

It will include speakers from Bucks County Audubon, Trout Unlimited, Schmacher Landscape Design & Build, the Bucks County Conservation District and the Buckingham EAC.

The Buckingham Township Building is located at 4613 Hughesian Drive, Buckingham. Tables will be set up at the back of the meeting room with helpful information for area residents on stormwater management, well-water testing, watershed-friendly property certification, native plants and more.

Both events are free and open to the public.

Andrea Strout is a member of the Buckingham Environmental Advisory Commission.

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