April 2, 2024

Allegheny County Offering Free Soil Screenings for Lead

The Allegheny County Conservation District is performing free soil screenings for lead between April 3 and 7.

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Contaminants are common in urban soil and can be hazardous to health when ingested or inhaled during gardening or outdoor activities. Soil testing is a method of reducing the risk of exposure to contaminants.

Registration is required and can be found online. The conservation district will contact those who register via email with detailed instructions on how to collect, label, and drop off soil samples. Any soil samples submitted with incorrect bagging or labels will be discarded.

Samples can be dropped off at any partner sites during open hours between Wednesday, April 3 and Sunday, April 7. Pittsburgh drop-off site addresses will be provided during registration.

Results will be sent back within approximately two weeks via email, along with information on how to understand and act on the results.