Dingman Township, Pike County, Pennsylvania
Birchwood Lakes Community Association, Inc. is a private community in the Pocono Mountains in Dingmans Ferry, Pennsylvania. It was established in the 1960s as a summer community, and currently, the community has over 870 homes that are now year-round residents. From a geological perspective, the region was glaciated during the last glaciation that retreated about 20,000 years ago. In geological terms, the region is known as the Glaciated Low Plateau Section of the Appalachian Plateaus Province. This region is characterized by rolling hills with dissected valleys with a number of man-made and natural lakes and ponds.
Starting in 2008, the Birchwood Lakes Community Associations has conducted a series of private well owner outreach, groundwater, and surface water education programs. The drinking water and groundwater programs typically had four elements:
Since participating in this program, Mr. Brian Oram has developed a Mail-Order Testing Program. He would be available to conduct a semi-annular Community Drinking Water and Groundwater Education Program. To order a sampling kit to be mailed to your house and then mailed to the laboratory, please see the Get Tested / Level 3 section below or contact Mr. Brian Oram, licensed Professional Geologist at BFEnviro@PTD.net.
The following are links to some of the past presentations made to the Birchwood Lakes Community on groundwater and water well testing and a podcast on septic systems.
Figure 1: Source: USGS Baseline Assessment, 2015 (page 57)
Based on past water testing in the region and within the community, the following are the main contaminant or conditions of concern. One interesting problem is that the groundwater for the area is inherently pure. It can be corrosive to metal piping and fixtures, leach metals out of the local bedrock, and create a nuisance.
Learn about each of the following contaminants or conditions in our Get Informed Contaminants Section.
Corrosion / Corrosivity (Copper, Zinc, low pH, low alkalinity, low hardness, and other metals)
Saline Water (Naturally Occurring) – some areas may have groundwater with slightly higher levels of Sodium, Barium, and other related compounds. (High Total Dissolved Solids content and related contaminants and High pH, see Figure 1 (Intermediate Flow Zone) .
Arsenic in Drinking Water (Based on findings by the USGS for the region and not specifically the Birchwood Lakes Community)
Check out our Drinking Water Self-Diagnostic App as the first step in your path to remediating your water issues. If you are new to the area, we recommend obtaining a copy of the Neighborhood Environmental Hazards Report for your address. If you need help evaluating the well and drilling water quality, we are happy to offer assistance.
We offer or facilitate a series of options when it comes to water testing. In addition, we offer community-based or event-based outreach programs.
Self-Diagnostic App Our online questionnaire is a quick and easy way to self-diagnose your water quality issues by simply answering a series of questions. All that is required is observations you can see, smell, taste, or cause a nuisance.
Water Test Kit & TDS Combo - In-home Test with TDS Meter (Pb, Bacteria, Pesticides, Iron, Copper, NO3/NO2, Chlorine, pH, Alkalinity, Hardness)
Common tests kits recommended for private well owners:
WaterCheck Deluxe - Private Well Water Screening Test with Bacteria (Comprehensive Test – Done Initially)
WaterCheck Basic - Screening test done annually
But in few cases additional testing may be needed for nuisance bacteria or compounds, so if this is the case you may want to Contact Mr. Brian Oram.
The products listed below may be a solution to your situation. If you would like to get any information about these products or make a purchase, click the links below to view the Crystal Quest website in a new tab or window. If you would like to get an anonymous review of your results by Crystal Quest, we can send them a copy of your testing results without your contact information.
Greensand Filter (Iron and Manganese)
Standard Water Softener
Salt-Free Water Conditioner (Slight Hardness Reductions)
Neutralizing Filters (low pH or acidic water)
Arsenic Removal System
UV Disinfection System (We do not recommend a DIY (Do-It-Yourself) )
For systems with bacterial issues, we strongly suggest working a local water treatment expert.
Greg Sorber Well Drilling
(Shock Disinfection and Pump Issues)
204 Niemchik Rd,
Hunlock Creek, PA 18621
Hook Well Drilling
(Shock Disinfection, Well Drilling, Pump Service, and Water Treatment)
408 Fallsdale Rd
Tyler Hill, PA 18469
Pocono Well and Pump Service
(Shock Disinfection, Water Treatment, Pump Service, and Grinder Pump Repair)
21 Walbert Drive
Stroudsburg, PA 18360