Testing and Treatment

Information on private drinking and residential water testing and treatment, including how to use the Penn State drinking water test kit, use of dyes to confirm septic system failures, on-lot site evaluation and on-lot filtration.

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Water Test Interpretation
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Water Test Interpretation

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Susan Boser from Penn State Extension in Beaver County explains how to interpret results from water testing. More
Using Public Data to Understand Water Impacts during Shale-Gas Development
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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
A Study of Pre-Drilling Water Quality in 700 Wells and Springs
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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
Sanitary well caps are just one way to protect your drinking water. Photo credit: Bryan Swistock
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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
Core Topic Briefs: Ground Water Model
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This video shows movements of water under the earth and how pollution might affect drinking water. (Modelo de Agua Subterranea) More
Household Water Treatment Systems
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Dr. Tom McCarty from Penn State Extension in Cumberland County discusses the various types of drinking water treatment devices. More
Youth Drinking Water Education
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Penn State Extension Water resources Educator, Susan Boser, highlights extension water resources available and designed to be used with youth audiences. More
Strategies to Protect Groundwater and Drinking Water
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This webinar discusses practices that homeowners can implement to protect groundwater including private water wells and springs. 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
How to take a water sample using the Penn State Drinking Water Test Kit
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This video will walk you through how to use the Penn State drinking water test kit to successfully analyze the quality of your drinking water. More
Interpreting Water Tests for Ponds and Lakes
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This document describes parameters included in the Penn State pond/lake water test kit to help pond owners detect common water quality problems. More
What is sewage sludge and what can be done with it? What is sewage sludge and what can be done with it? - Articles
In this document, “sewage sludge” will be used to refer to wastewater treatment solids generally, and “biosolids” will be used to refer specifically to material that is suitable for land application. More
Use of Dyes and Tracers to Confirm Septic System Failures Use of Dyes and Tracers to Confirm Septic System Failures - Articles
Commercially available dyes and tracers can be used where additional testing is needed to detect or confirm on-lot sewage disposal system malfunctions. More
Aerobic Treatment Units Aerobic Treatment Units - Articles

Aerobic Treatment Units

Albert Jarrett, Ph.D.

Aerobic treatment units, also called activated sludge tanks, are a common method of biological treatment used in municipal wastewater treatment facilities. More
On-Lot Filtration and Advanced Treatment Units
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There are many Filtration and Advanced treatment units (FATU's) approved for use in On-Lot Wastewater Systems in Pennsylvania. More
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