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Master Well Owners Network: Training Volunteers to Safeguard Drinking Water
Master Well Owners Network: Training Volunteers to Safeguard Drinking Water - Articles Articles
Learn about the Master Well Owner Network (MWON) online course that trains volunteers to teach about safe drinking water and the proper management of private water wells, springs, and cisterns. More
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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
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
Roadside Dumps and Water Quality
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Roadside Dumps and Water Quality

Bryan Swistock, James Warren Garthe

This publication addresses the complex issue of water quality as it is affected by solid wastes that have been mismanaged, including roadside dumps. More
Interpreting Water Tests for Ponds and Lakes
Interpreting Water Tests for Ponds and Lakes - Articles Articles
This document describes parameters included in the Penn State pond/lake water test kit to help pond owners detect common water quality problems. More
Water Conservation - How Much Water and Money Can You Save?
Water Conservation - How Much Water and Money Can You Save? - Articles Articles
Determine how much water you currently use and the amount of water and money you could save by installing water-conserving devices. More
Vertical Flow Wetlands
Vertical Flow Wetlands - Articles Articles

Vertical Flow Wetlands

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

Vertical flow wetlands (VFW) are a relatively new tool for treating waters acidified by mining or acid deposition. 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
Managing Your Well During Drought
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Managing Your Well During Drought

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

Groundwater levels in wells vary over time. Water conservation and pump adjustments can help manage your water well during drought. More
Saving Water in an Emergency
Saving Water in an Emergency - Articles Articles
Droughts occur periodically over much of the United States. In Pennsylvania, severe droughts have occurred more frequently over the past two decades. More
Household Water Conservation
Household Water Conservation - Articles Articles

Household Water Conservation

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

There are many water conservation methods that require little effort to incorporate, but produce significant results. More
Water Well Maintenance and Rehabilitation
Water Well Maintenance and Rehabilitation - Articles Articles

Water Well Maintenance and Rehabilitation

Bryan Swistock, Dana Rizzo, M.S.

Water wells require regular maintenance to ensure adequate water flow and optimum water quality. More
Water Well Location by Fracture Trace Mapping
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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
Water System Planning: Estimating Water Needs
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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
Water Softening
Water Softening - Articles Articles

Water Softening

Bryan Swistock

Hard water causes gray or white deposits when water is heated. Water softening can be used to reduce these symptoms. More
Using Low-Yielding Wells
Using Low-Yielding Wells - Articles Articles

Using Low-Yielding Wells

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

There are several steps that can be used to increase the adequacy of a low-yielding well. More
Tips for Buying Water Treatment Equipment
Tips for Buying Water Treatment Equipment - Articles Articles
The following tips will assist the homeowner with the purchase of water treatment equipment. More
Certified water testing labs are available throughout the state to provide accurate water quality results for homeowners.
Testing Your Drinking Water - Articles Articles

Testing Your Drinking Water

Bryan Swistock

Homeowners using wells, springs or cisterns as their water supply should consider having their water tested routinely. More
Shock Chlorination of Wells and Springs
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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
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
Removing Giardia Cysts from Drinking Water
Removing Giardia Cysts from Drinking Water - Articles Articles
This article describes proper treatment methods to remove Giardia cysts from drinking water. More
Removal of Arsenic from Wells in Pennsylvania
Removal of Arsenic from Wells in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles
Arsenic occurs in groundwater from both natural sources and man's activities. Several treatment options are available to remove arsenic from water. More
Reducing Radon in Drinking Water
Reducing Radon in Drinking Water - Articles Articles
Radon gas can sometime be dissolved in drinking water from water wells. Included are some methods to reduce radon in drinking water. More
Proper Water Well Construction
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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
Private Water System Management
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Penn State recommendations. A guide for private water system owners throughout Pennsylvania More
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