Lessons from Over 30 Years of Water Well Research and Outreach in Pennsylvania
When: May 31, 2017
Penn State Extension first created a research and outreach program for private drinking water supplies in Pennsylvania in 1984. Over that time, we have learned a great deal about these rural drinking water supplies Overall, owners are extremely satisfied with the quality and quantity of water from their well or spring buy only about half have been properly tested by a state accredited laboratory. Various studies have consistently found that about 40% fail at least one primary drinking water standard. Water supply owners have a high level of awareness of aesthetic water quality problems, but a very low awareness of symptom-less health-related issues like bacteria and lead. A little over half of private water supplies are treated with water softeners and sediment filters the most common treatment devices. This same study found some evidence of unnecessary water treatment in some homes. The size and rural nature of the private water supply audience has required various innovative outreach programs to reach a significant number with information about proper management to ensure safe drinking water.
This webinar will summarize results from over 32 years of research and outreach with private wells in the state.