Private Wells and Water Systems Management
More than three million rural Pennsylvania residents use a well, spring or cistern as their primary water source. Unlike public water supplies, these private water supplies are not regulated. All testing, maintenance, and treatment is the property owner's responsibility.
Using videos and readings, Private Wells and Water Systems Management will show you how to determine the proper location for a well, how to assess potential pollution sources, what types of testing should be completed and how often, and possible treatment strategies.
The goal of this asynchronous, self-paced course is to help you make educated decisions about your private water supply.
Note: If you are interested in becoming a volunteer that educates other people about private water supplies, see our Master Well Owners Network: Training Volunteers to Safeguard Drinking Water course for eligibility requirements.
- Homeowners whose property has a well, spring or cistern
- Real estate agents
- Building inspectors
- Mortgage professionals
- Contractors and home builders
You will learn how to:
- identify different types of water supplies
- distinguish between proper and potentially unsafe locations for wells, springs and cisterns
- identify common groundwater problems
- choose what type of water tests are appropriate for your property
- determine the best course of action for water quantity and quality issues
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