Private Water Systems

Information on private drinking and residential water systems, including well and septic system management, home treatment systems and keeping well and septic system records. Tips on cisterns, water softening and access to the H2OSolutions app.

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Using Public Data to Understand Water Impacts during Shale-Gas Development
Using Public Data to Understand Water Impacts during Shale-Gas Development - Webinars Webinars
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Dr. Susan Brantley from Penn State presents resources available from an online shared compilation of water quality information from watershed groups, agencies and institutes of higher learning. More
Tradeoffs in Leasing Watershed Lands for Marcellus Drilling
Tradeoffs in Leasing Watershed Lands for Marcellus Drilling - Webinars Webinars
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Dr. Charlie Abdalla describes a study done in several PA communities near shale gas drilling with the potential to impact their water supply. More
Nebraska Water Well Grouting Study
Nebraska Water Well Grouting Study - Webinars Webinars

Nebraska Water Well Grouting Study

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Tom Christopherson from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services discusses the results from a study of grout used to seal water wells. More
An Update to Gas Well Drilling and Your Private Water Supply
An Update to Gas Well Drilling and Your Private Water Supply - Webinars Webinars
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Bryan Swistock from Penn State looks at how shale gas drilling relates to private water supplies and the potential impacts. More
Regression Models to Explain Naturally Occurring Methane
Regression Models to Explain Naturally Occurring Methane - Webinars Webinars
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Seth Pelepko from the PA DEP discusses using a statistical model to explain the variability of methane levels occurring in groundwater. More
A Study of Pre-Drilling Water Quality in 700 Wells and Springs
A Study of Pre-Drilling Water Quality in 700 Wells and Springs - Webinars Webinars
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Jim Clark from Penn State Extension in McKean County explains the results of a study of groundwater in northcentral PA as it relates to shale gas drilling. More
McKean (center, with clipboard) teaches a lesson in wetland ecology for the Black Forest Conservation School in Potter County
Extension Water Team Welcomes New Educator Based in McKean County - News News
Heather McKean is the new Water Resources Extension Educator based in McKean County. More
Chris Schlegel is presented with the PA ANREP Natural Resource Champion Award by Extension Educator, Peter Wulfhorst
MWON Volunteer Wins Penn State Extension Award - News News
Master Well Owner, Chris Schlegel was recently honored with the Natural Resource Education Champion Award. More
MWON volunteer Bill Spigler provided a display on private water system maintenance at the Renfrew, PA Earth Day celebration in April 2017 (photo by Kathleen Seiler).
An Update of the Pennsylvania Master Well Owner Network (2016-2017) - News News
Highlighting accomplishments of Penn State's Master Well Owner Network over the past program year. More
Spring Development and Protection
Spring Development and Protection - Articles Articles

Spring Development and Protection

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

Springs occur wherever groundwater flows out from the earth’s surface. Springs typically occur along hillsides, low-lying areas, or at the base of slopes. More
Installing a drainfield. Photo:Bryan Swistock, Penn State University
Well and Septic System Management presented in Monroe County - News News
Approximately one million rural homes and farms across Pennsylvania utilize private wells for drinking water and onlot septic systems for wastewater disposal. More
Sanitary well caps are just one way to protect your drinking water. Photo credit: Bryan Swistock
Home Water and Septic Workshop - Workshops Workshops

Home Water and Septic Workshop

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Understand your drinking water supply & septic systems. Learn how to protect, test, and treat water from wells & springs. Learn how to maintain & inspect your septic system. More
Private Wells and Water Systems Management
Private Wells and Water Systems Management - Online Courses Online Courses
$49.00
This online course will help you identify the proper location, construction, maintenance, testing and treatment of a water well, spring or cistern. More
Lead in Drinking Water from Private Wells, Springs and Cisterns
Lead in Drinking Water from Private Wells, Springs and Cisterns - Webinars Webinars
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Penn State Extension Specialist Bryan Swistock provides a webinar focusing on lead issues in private drinking water supplies. More
Saving Money and Septic Systems Through Water Conservation
Saving Money and Septic Systems Through Water Conservation - Webinars Webinars
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This webinar discusses the amount of water and money that could be saved by installing water-conserving devices and adopting water-conserving habits. More
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