Lead in Drinking Water from Private Wells, Springs and Cisterns

Penn State Extension Specialist Bryan Swistock provides a webinar focusing on lead issues in private drinking water supplies.
Lead in Drinking Water from Private Wells, Springs and Cisterns - Webinars
Skill Level: Beginner
Length: 1 hour
Language: English

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Recorded: February 10, 2016, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

This webinar focused on the potential for lead in drinking water from private water wells, springs and cisterns, although some basic information on lead in public water supplies was also presented. There are about one million homes using these "private" water supplies in Pennsylvania and Penn State research has shown that lead can be a significant water quality problem. The webinar shared research results from the 1980s through 2015, showing the occurrence of corrosive water, copper and lead in private drinking water supplies and the common causes for these problems. Water testing to determine lead levels, along with water treatment to prevent or remove lead, was also discussed.

Time Log

  • 0:00 - Introduction to lead
  • 6:42 - Regulations limiting lead in water
  • 8:05 - Public water supplies
  • 9:53 - Private water supplies
  • 11:30 - Corrosive water
  • 15:43 - Water testing for lead, copper, corrosivity
  • 25:00 - Research results
  • 35:38 - Reducing lead in water
  • 39:03 - Summary
  • 40:44 - More information
  • 41:21 - Question/Answer session begins
  • 51:41 - Webinar ends


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