PFAS in Happy Valley

Benner Township Water Authority has been made aware that the State of Pennsylvania did random water testing for PFAS across the state.  One of the wells tested was located in Benner Township at the State of the Art facility which is located across from the University Park Airport.  PFAS was found in this well. 

The PA Environmental Quality Board amended Chapter 109 (relating to safe drinking water) on January 14, 2023 regarding the maximum contaminant levels (MCL) for PFOS and PFOA as 18 parts per trillion (ppt) and 14 parts per trillion , respectively. You can read more about this here.

Here is the link that DEP shared with Benner Township regarding PFAS/PFOA in the township.

Here is the link to the PFAS Action Team Initial Report.

Here is the link to PA DEP’s website regarding what PFAS is, it’s history, and the impacts it has on the environment.

Here is the link to PA DOH’s website regarding PFAS.

Here is PA DEP’s PFAS Sampling Plan.

Here is PA DEP’s 2020 PFAS Sampling Report.

Here is PA DEP’s 2019 PFAS Sampling Report.

Here is Governor Wolf Administration’s latest Press Release regarding PFAS (03/12/2021)

Here is the link to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) page regarding what PFAS is and what ATSDR is doing to assist.

Here is the link to PA DEP’s Benner Township HSCA Investigation Information Page.

Environmental Protection Agency

Below is the link to EPA’s informational page regarding PFAS, which includes basic information, actions to address, and tools and resources.


Listed below are three different laboratories that test for PFAS.

Suburban Analytical Testing

1037 MacArthur Rd, Reading, PA 19605


Eurofins Genomics LLC

Eurofins Environmental Testing – Pittsburg

301 Alpha Drive, RIDC Park, Pittsburgh, PA 15238


Eurofins Environmental Testing – Lancaster

2425 New Holland Pike, Lancaster, PA 17601


Pace Analytical

2829 Reach Road, Williamsport, PA 17701


Additional questions can be directed to DEP:

John Ciccone    Phone: (570)321-6594    email:

Cheryl Sinclair  Phone: (570)327-3418    email:

As more information becomes available we will do our best to keep this page updated.

Benner Township also has a page on their website labeled “PFAS” which they have been keeping updated as well.

Grove Park Nitrate Levels

The Benner Township Water Authority is required to complete quarterly testing of the Nitrate levels in the Grove Park Well.

Grove Park Nitrate Levels


DateNitrate Level
2/14/20115.17 mg/L
3/4/20117.16 mg/L
4/8/20116.65 mg/L
7/8/20116.75 mg/L
10/7/20117.09 mg/L
1/6/20126.89 mg/L
4/6/20126.73 mg/L
7/5/20127.54 mg/L
10/5/20127.76 mg/L
1/4/20138.03 mg/L
4/4/20137.80 mg/L
7/12/20135.42 mg/L
10/4/20138.15 mg/L
2/21/20148.09 mg/L
4/18/20148.03 mg/L
7/16/20147.72 mg/L
10/3/20147.86 mg/L
1/2/20158.48 mg/L
4/3/20157.50 mg/L
7/2/20157.46 mg/L
10/2/20157.54 mg/L
1/7/20167.99 mg/L
4/8/20167.66 mg/L
7/8/20168.33 mg/L
10/7/20168.26 mg/L
1/6/20178.24 mg/L
4/7/20177.96 mg/L
7/7/20177.67 mg/L
12/15/20178.80 mg/L
1/5/20188.68 mg/L
4/6/20188.42 mg/L
7/5/20188.46 mg/L
10/4/20186.77 mg/L
1/3/20196.39 mg/L
4/4/20195.96 mg/L
7/3/20193.53 mg/L
10/3/20197.51 mg/L
01/02/20208.23 mg/L
04/03/20208.07 mg/L
07/03/20208.16 mg/L
10/02/20208.84 mg/L
01/07/20218.58 mg/L
04/01/20218.57 mg/L
07/01/20218.11 mg/L
10/07/20218.24 mg/L
01/06/20228.88 mg/L
04/07/20227.97 mg/L
07/07/20228.17 mg/L
10/06/20228.77 mg/L
01/05/20238.87 mg/L

Please click on the graph image below to enlarge it.

Connection Fees & Current Rates


Effective the first quarter billing in 2021 New Rates are as follows:

$120.00 per quarter up to 12, 000 gallons

$5.00 per thousand gallon above 12,000 gallons

Water Connection Fees

Opequon/Hampton Hills

Connection Fee$360.00
Meter Fee200.00
Inspection Fee50.00
Permit Fee50.00

Edward Drive/ Reichenbaugh Lane

Special District Fee $127.17

High Water Usage

Did you recently get a letter stating that your water usage was higher than normal? There could be a logical reason for that and you may be aware of the increased use. However, if you are unsure why your home water usage has increased, here are a list of possible reasons that your water usage was higher:

  • Watering your garden
  • Sprinkler systems
  • Putting water in your pool
  • Extra people in the household taking showers and doing laundry

If none of these pertain to your situation there could be other reasons that your usage was high. Is your water softener running continuously? If your water softener is stuck in regeneration mode it is running water continuously thus spiking your water usage.

Another reason your water usage could be high is a leak – i.e. a leaking faucet or toilet. At times your toilet valve may malfunction and allow water to continue to flow down the drain. To test the toilet, place several drops of food coloring – red, green, blue – into the tank in the back. After 15 minutes look in the bowl, if you see the food coloring your toilet is leaking.

The best way to check for leaks is to turn all the water off in your home and wait a few minutes. Then go to your water meter and check to see if the dial is moving. If the dial is still moving even after the water is off then there is a leak and you should call your plumber for further assistance.

If you still aren’t sure please don’t hesitate to contact our Authority office.

Water Usage Facts

Water usage facts that you probably did not know in regards to how much your daily tasks are actually using.
  • Older toilets use 3.5 gallons per flush
  • Dishwashers use 7 gallons per cycle
  • Washing dishes by hand uses roughly 20 gallons
  • It takes about 30 gallons to fill the bath tub, taking a shower uses less water
  • Swimming pools naturally lose about 1,000 gallons per month due to evaporation

Water Usage Table

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Indoor Water Use At Home by Grace Communications Foundation

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