Penn State Extension Releases New Roadside Spring LearnNow Video

Posted: January 11, 2016

The Penn State Extension Water Resources Team recently released a new “LearnNow” video on Roadside Springs. LearnNow videos are short, narrated PowerPoint presentations that are new learning tool being utilized by Penn State Extension.

The six-minute Roadside Springs LearnNow video summarizes research results recently completed by seven extension personnel, on 37 roadside springs, covering 21 counties throughout Pennsylvania between 2013 and 2015. The video includes water quality characteristics of springs along with results from a survey of over 1,000 Pennsylvania residents showing that 30% have collected water from a roadside spring and approximately 10% use roadside springs frequently. This is the first data available on the numbers of people using roadside springs for drinking water in Pennsylvania, the reasons why people use them, and the water quality of these springs. The research found that nearly all roadside springs failed at least one health-based drinking water standard, many contain E. coli bacteria, and some even contain Giardia and Cryptosporidium cysts. These results suggest that untreated roadside springs are largely unsuitable as a drinking water source.

To access the new LearnNow video, visit the website below:

Bryan Swistock
Water Resources Specialist
Renewable Natural Resources
Penn State Extension
Department of Ecosystem Science and Management