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The Water We Drink - Articles Articles

The Water We Drink

Jennifer R Fetter

Written for youth in grades 6-12, this tool introduces public and private water systems and includes an activity on how to read a water quality test report. More
Lead in Drinking Water
Lead in Drinking Water - Articles Articles

Lead in Drinking Water

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

Learn how to determine if your drinking water contains too much lead, and discover ways to reduce lead in your water. More
Groundwater Basics
Groundwater Basics - Articles Articles
Everyone can and should do something to protect groundwater. Why? We all have a stake in maintaining its quality and quantity. More
Water Well Maintenance and Rehabilitation
Water Well Maintenance and Rehabilitation - Articles Articles
Water wells require regular maintenance to ensure adequate water flow and optimum water quality. More
Water System Planning: Estimating Water Needs
Water System Planning: Estimating Water Needs - Articles Articles

Water System Planning: Estimating Water Needs

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

Find out how to estimate homeowner or farmer water needs and calculate how much water must be delivered from a private water supply to meet these needs. 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
Water Well Location by Fracture Trace Mapping
Water Well Location by Fracture Trace Mapping - Articles Articles

Water Well Location by Fracture Trace Mapping

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

Fracture Trace Mapping can be used to locate larger producing water wells for farms, businesses and large homes. 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
Private Water System Management
Private Water System Management - Articles Articles
Penn State recommendations. A guide for private water system owners throughout Pennsylvania 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
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
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
Hydraulic Load Test Hydraulic Load Test - Articles

Hydraulic Load Test

Albert Jarrett, Ph.D.

The Hydraulic Load Test is included as a component of the PSMA On-Lot Wastewater Inspection. 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
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
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