AG: Berks company allegedly falsified drinking water reports

Pennsylvania prosecutors allege that a Berks County excavation company altered the results of water samples, allowing for a contaminated water line to serve about 40 homes in Berks County.

Matthew S. Barrasso, 43, of Mohnton, the owner of Barrasso Excavation in Oley Township, was arrested for allegedly falsifying lab reports following the installation of new water mains in Berks County, according to a June 7 news release from state Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office.

Relying on the falsified results, which stated that the water was negative for total coliform and E. coli bacteria, the borough of Wyomissing connected the new water main to the Wyomissing distribution system to serve approximately 40 residential connections, according to the release.

Barrasso is charged with tampering with public records, violating the Safe Drinking Water Act, forgery and unsworn falsification, according to the release.

“This defendant recklessly changed lab results … putting the health and well-being of citizens at risk,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “I’m grateful for the hard work of my office’s Environmental Crimes Section to hold the defendant accountable and protect the drinking water of the people of Berks and Lancaster counties.”

Barrasso allegedly also falsified lab results in Lancaster County, according to the release.

Efforts to reach Barrasso were not successful.

 

Dawn Ouellette Nixon
Dawn Ouellette Nixon is a career journalist who believes that good journalism can change the world. As the health care reporter, she covers everything from small town medicine to big pharma. You can also find her chasing a good business story in Berks County. She can be reached at dnixon@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, extension 4118.

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