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Flooding around your home and on the farm could be leading to issues you need to address. Image Credit: Jennifer Fetter
After the Flood – Recovery Considerations for Rural Pennsylvanians - Articles Articles

After the Flood – Recovery Considerations for Rural Pennsylvanians

Jennifer R Fetter, Leon Ressler, Andy Yencha

Parts of Pennsylvania were drenched with heavy rains and flooded streams recently. In addition to drying out wet basements, there are few important things that rural Pennsylvanian’s might want to pay special attention to. More
A screenshot of the DWIT tool
Drinking Water Interpretation Tool (DWIT) - Articles Articles
Use this online tool to create a customized interpretation of complex data found on any water test report. More
Rain to Drain - Slow the Flow: Adaptation
Rain to Drain - Slow the Flow: Adaptation - Articles Articles

Rain to Drain - Slow the Flow: Adaptation

Kristen Kyler, Jennifer R Fetter

Tips for using the Rain to Drain - Slow the Flow Curriculum at fairs and community events when time is limited. More
Landowners should inspect their forest road system at regular intervals to detect problems and schedule repairs. Photo: George Hurd, Penn Sate University
Maintain Forest Roads to Prevent Erosion and Protect Water - Articles Articles
The dirt and gravel roads that run through your forest play an important role in the management of your woodlands. More
Keeping your own well and septic records is important. Photo: George Hurd, Penn State Extension
Keeping Well and Septic System Records - Articles Articles
If on a private well, you should determine the quality of your drinking water. If using an on-lot sewage disposal system, you must ensure that the system is operating properly. More
Water treatment system Photo: Tom McCarty, Penn State
Maintaining Home Water Treatment Systems - Articles Articles
Most health risks in water and taste or odor can be resolved with home water treatment. However, treatment systems only work if properly maintained! More
Private Water System Management
Private Water System Management - Articles Articles
Penn State recommendations. A guide for private water system owners throughout Pennsylvania More
Proper Water Well Construction
Proper Water Well Construction - Articles Articles

Proper Water Well Construction

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

Sanitary water well caps and a grout seal around the casing can prevent surface water contamination of water wells. More
Newly installed three chamber septic and pump tank (Photo by Amy Galford)
Funding for Private Well and Septic System Repairs - Articles Articles
Major repairs or replacement of septic system and drinking water wells can be costly, but there are sources of financial assistance for homeowners. More
How to Store Water for Drinking or Cooking
How to Store Water for Drinking or Cooking - Articles Articles

How to Store Water for Drinking or Cooking

Cathy F. Bowen, Ph.D., Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

Storing water for an emergency is simple, especially when the water is not contaminated. Here are some guidelines for storing water. More
Coliform Bacteria
Coliform Bacteria - Articles Articles

Coliform Bacteria

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

This article describes what coliform bacteria are, where they come from and how to remove them from drinking water. More
Iron and Manganese in Private Water Systems Iron and Manganese in Private Water Systems - Articles

Iron and Manganese in Private Water Systems

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

Iron and manganese cause stains and tastes in water. They can be removed with several treatment processes described in this article. More
Information Sources for Water Well Owners
Information Sources for Water Well Owners - Articles Articles
This article provides some online resources where water well owners can access information about their water well or regional groundwater resources. More
Hydrogen Sulfide (Rotten Egg Odor) in Water Wells Hydrogen Sulfide (Rotten Egg Odor) in Water Wells - Articles
Hydrogen sulfide is a gas that gives water a distinctive “rotten egg” odor. Various treatment options are discussed in this article. More
Understanding Bottled Water
Understanding Bottled Water - Articles Articles

Understanding Bottled Water

Bryan Swistock

Learn about the sources, regulations and management of bottled water. More
Shock Chlorination of Wells and Springs
Shock Chlorination of Wells and Springs - Articles Articles

Shock Chlorination of Wells and Springs

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

Shock chlorination can be used to disinfect water supplies that have been contaminated as a result of a contamination incident. More
Common Water Test Parameters Related to Natural Gas Drilling
Common Water Test Parameters Related to Natural Gas Drilling - Articles Articles
Water test reports of water near gas drilling activity generally have these common parameters. More
Helping Realtors Understand On-Lot Wastewater Inspections
Helping Realtors Understand On-Lot Wastewater Inspections - Articles Articles
As part of the “home inspection” process, realtors need to understand who should conduct on-lot disposal system inspections and what outcomes to expect. More
An Examination of Failing Private Septic Systems in Pennsylvania An Examination of Failing Private Septic Systems in Pennsylvania - Articles
Results of a Penn State study on the condition of septic systems statewide, funded by a grant from the Center for Rural Pennsylvania. More
Drilling a New Well
Drilling a New Well - Articles Articles

Drilling a New Well

Bryan Swistock

A guide for private well owners on proper well location and construction. More
Interpreting Irrigation Water Tests
Interpreting Irrigation Water Tests - Articles Articles
Basic interpretation of how various water quality parameters can influence plant growth during irrigation. More
Chain of Custody Water Testing
Chain of Custody Water Testing - Articles Articles
The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has a laboratory accreditation program for water testing labs to ensure data accuracy. More
Wet Basements
Wet Basements - Articles Articles

Wet Basements

Albert Jarrett, Ph.D.

Understanding and correcting wet basements is a key topic for homeowners. More
Marcellus shale drilling in progress, Beaver Run Reservoir, Westmoreland County. Credit: Robert Donnan.
Water’s Journey Through the Shale Gas Processes - Articles Articles
Using publicly available information, we attempt to track and quantify current water use through the stages of the gas well development process. More
A small roadside spring located along a state forest road in northcentral Pennsylvania.
Roadside Springs - Articles Articles

Roadside Springs

Bryan Swistock, Susan Boser, Mark Madden, Diane Oleson, M.S., Amy Galford, Gary William Micsky, James Andrew Clark

This article discusses a research study on the water quality and use of numerous roadside springs across Pennsylvania. More
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