Public Water Suppliers and
Laboratories Having To Report “Drinking Water” Results to Pennsylvania
software is being used by more laboratories
and public water suppliers,(PWS). We are excited about the upcoming new
which will allow for the exporting of your
already entered data in your LIMS to be imported into
This will save us additional time over what
we are already saving by using the software. Another important feature of
the new version is that when a PWS who has
will be able to list and save all their 3
digit location codes along with the 3 digit code descriptions and the 3 digit
location code notes. This will allow for PWSs to be able to create a
“Sampling Plan” conveniently within
Then the PWS will be able to export all this
3 digit location information via e-mail to a laboratory that has
This will allow the laboratory to have access
to the PWS’s 3 digit location information via “drop down” boxes in
for uploading to DWELR. What a great
way to keep “current” with PWS clients and save the much confusion over the 3
digit location questions of “who, what, and where”.
Mahaffey Laboratory has asked those laboratories and Public
Water Suppliers, (PWSs) using the
PADWARE 2 software, to
give their thoughts concerning the benefits of using the software. We are
pleased that both laboratories and PWSs are finding
to be very helpful and efficient in their electronic
reporting of “Drinking Water” results. Please review the following
testimonials of both laboratories and PWSs and consider using
for a free three month trial period. I am sure you
will find many other benefits in using the software in addition to those listed
in the testimonials. A great benefit for laboratories is when there are
“drinking water lead and copper” samples to analyze and report,
calculates the 90th percentile and automatically fills out
the SDWA-PbCu Summary. A great benefit for PWSs is that
keeps track of all the system's 3 digit location numbers
and what analyses were sampled at that particular location. Additionally,
if you are a small PWS and do not like computers and mandatory electronic
reporting, Mahaffey Laboratory will do the electronic reporting for you.
Here is what Public Water
Suppliers have to say about Padware 2
Knowing that mandatory electronic
reporting is coming, we saw our procedure of filling out forms “longhand” and
mailing them would have to be changed sometime. In using PADWARE 2 to
upload to DWELR, I do not have to worry any more about mailing deadlines which
were hard to calculate due to weekends and holidays. It is great to see
all your entered data being sent to Harrisburg with a click of the button, all
forms in one upload. I don’t have to be so concerned about getting all my
reporting done by the 2nd and 3rd of the month which means a lot for busy
I like the way PADWARE 2
reports the “Daily Chlorine”, (SDWA-1). I can go in every 10 days or so
and enter the chlorine results. This way at the end of the month I have
just a few days in which to enter results. In using the “Parameter View”,
I can easily see what results have been entered and continue to enter new data.
I enjoy not having to fill in the same information over and over again which I
was doing when filling out the forms by hand. Also, since I have learned
to use the “Recent” drop down box, I can recall our PWS data quickly without
having to enter our PWS ID number.
Jeff Spaid, Pike Township Water Authority
like how PADWARE 2 prints out the “SDWA” forms which saves me a lot of time from
the previous way of filling out the forms manually and mailing them.
It is very
important to be able to keep track of the PWS’s three digit sampling location
numbers. PADWARE 2 has three different fields to accept information
concerning these sampling locations. You can enter detailed and multiple
descriptions of sampling events for a particular three digit location. Once you
have your sample location information entered, a “System Profile” report can be
printed off as one of the main parts of a sampling plan.
also like that I can copy the PADWARE 2 export file to a flash drive and take it
to another location which has a much faster Internet connection. I can
then upload the PADWARE 2 export file to DWELR. Then by the time I get back to
the plant, I have an e-mail from DWELR confirming my successful upload of the
PADWARE 2 date and time titled file.
The Marion Center
High School and Mahaffey
Laboratory have established a very efficient way of electronically reporting the
chlorine result analyzed by the school. The school’s laboratory ID number
is pulled from a drop down list in PADWARE 2 and is then uploaded to DWELR along
with all the other PWS results. John Stile of Marion Center High School
explains that this procedure has simplified the past reporting procedure of
faxing forms back to him for his review. John says, ... “it works for me
and keeps everybody happy. With the fewer steps there are less chance of
errors and when I am out of the office, other staff members do not have to watch
for SDWA forms that are to be faxed. It is just a lot easier.”
Here are what
Laboratories are saying about using Padware 2
Liz Palmer of Microbac Laboratory of Camp Hill writes:
"I have been very impressed with the PADWARE 2 application. One of the best
features is the ease of moving between SDWA form types. Once the client PWS
information is entered in, the user can switch form types without filling out
the information again. It is also easy to switch monitoring periods for a client
without opening a new form, for example a client who needs both a quarterly and
annual sample reported on a SDWA-1 form.
The SDWA reports that PADWARE 2 generates has been client-friendly also. Our
clients appreciate receiving hard copies of the forms, and do not have to log
into DWELR to make sure that the information was reported.
It is easy to see that much thought and planning has gone into creating PADWARE
2 to make it both user and client friendly.”
Sue Clay of Geochemical Testing of Somerset
“After reporting on line, directly into DWELR for a few months, PADWARE 2
provides a much welcomed alternative. Data entry is smooth and quick, and upload
into DWELR is a breeze. The printable SDWA forms (not an option in DWELR)
are a huge plus for
reporting results to clients and hard copy files. Past history is easy to view (
a must for those " did we do....? client questions). PADWARE 2 is definitely the
way to go.”
Microbac Laboratories, Inc.;
PADWARE2 has made
my reporting DEP samples a breeze. The software is so user friendly that I was
able to easily navigate my way around within minutes of installing it. It's the
best of both worlds. It lets me give the client the hard copy SDWA form that
they like, and enables me to electronically upload my data with the click of a
It's also saves me so much time. Once the PWSID information is entered, it is
stored and you never have to enter it again. All information automatically comes
up when you call up that PWSID. No more re-looking up entry point numbers or
site location numbers. Also as an added bonus anyone who runs lead and copper
will love the auto date filler and the automatic 90th percentile calculator. You
do not have to re-type the same dates over and over again.
The running backlog of past history comes in handy also, it lets you easily look
up anything that has been entered. So now if someone needs to know if we did
that and when, you can tell them with the click of a button.
1. How has the PADWARE 2 software helped your
laboratory in electronically reporting your drinking water results to DEP’s
website DWELR? (List as many details as you feel needed)
Uploading one file
saves time and eliminates multiple submissions.
The total coliform and chlorine screen
autofill helps save repetitive keystrokes and reduces typos that can occur when
entering digits into an Excel spreadsheet.
Data appears on the
screen if you have created forms for the parameter during the monitoring period.
This feature can save confusion when our customer submits additional samples,
and have already uploaded the routine sample.
What enhancements do you like in the new version of PADWARE 2?
The Review Data
table feature allows me to review my submissions and compare them to my
paperwork. The primary example of why this is necessary is I can whip through
the certs and be certain both the total coliform and chlorine results are
reported. I like being able to skim the data before uploading and make changes
I appreciate the
labeling of the file name with the date and time. This saves me a step or two
later, and makes retracing data easier.
Lisa Lewandowski, Secretary,
Microbac Laboratories, Inc.;
PADWARE 2 has made
reporting DEP samples much more convenient for our lab. We are a small lab so
multitasking is a must for me. When I was entering data directly into DWELR, I
was often interrupted and would be timed out of the system. With PADWARE 2 I can
take a break and return without losing data or logging back in. Uploading the
data is quick and simple. The historic data feature makes it very easy to find
past reports. All in all PADWARE 2 has been a great investment for our
Even though Mahaffey Laboratory is
part of the development team for PADWARE 2, we have found PADWARE 2 to be a
great tool to help us report and organize our drinking water results. We
also find it assuring to see both the Public Water Supplier (PWS) number and PWS
name appearing side by side, thus making sure the results are being entered for
the correct PWS. Confidence can also be gained in seeing the contaminate
ID number appearing along side the contaminate name. The software gives
you the freedom to assign default methods for each parameter. One can
easily add new parameters, new methods, new method groups, or new PWS systems.
We believe in the saying, “try it, you will like it.” That is why we
are offering you a free three month trial period to evaluate PADWARE 2 to see
how it can save you time, effort, and frustration.
review of these testimonials, if you have any questions or thoughts that you
would like to discuss, please contact me. We understand that “mandatory
electronic reporting” is progressing through the final stages and will be in
effect in the near future. Please consider using
to meet the need of mandatory electronic reporting”.
for your time and consideration!
Carlton "Rich" McCracken, Jr.
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or call me at 814-236-3540 x212