PITTSBURGH — Two Allegheny County water companies said they will begin testing water supplies for radiation to check for problems from treated gas drilling water that’s discharged into streams and rivers.
The move was prompted by a resolution from Pittsburgh City Councilman Doug Shields who cited a recent New York Times article concerning the potential dangers to drinking water from natural gas drilling.
The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and Pennsylvania American Water Co. said they expect tests to be conducted in the coming weeks.
Drilling companies do hydraulic fracturing, also called fracking, to reach the gas located in the Marcellus Shale more than a mile underground.
Millions of gallons of frack water has been taken to local sewage treatment plants where it is then treated before being dumped into the rivers. Then local water companies use that for drinking water.