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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Solving Bacteria Problems in Wells and Springs
Solving Bacteria Problems in Wells and Springs - Videos Videos
This video discusses various steps homeowners can take to solve or treat bacteria problems in wells, springs and cisterns used for drinking water. More
This diagram shows radon treatment by activated carbon (Image: Bryan Swistock, Penn State)
Radon: Could It Be In My Drinking Water? - News News
Radon is a tasteless, colorless, and odorless gas that comes from the natural breakdown of radioactive uranium in the ground. It can be found in indoor air and also in drinking water. More
Water faucets are one of the places homeowners may notice the effects of hard water (Photo: Susan Boser, Penn State)
Hard Water and Water Softening - News News

Hard Water and Water Softening

12/14/2018

Hard water is a common issue for Pennsylvania homeowners. More
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 Penn State drinking water testing kit (photo J. Clark)
New Video: How to Interpret a Penn State Drinking Water Test Report - News News
Penn State Extension recently completed a short video that explains the components of a water test report including how to interpret the results for drinking water. More
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
Interpreting Your Water Test Report
Interpreting Your Water Test Report - Videos Videos

Interpreting Your Water Test Report

Bryan Swistock

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This short video will explain how to interpret all of the information that you will find on your Penn State drinking water test report. 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
Master Well Owners Network: Training Volunteers to Safeguard Drinking Water
Master Well Owners Network: Training Volunteers to Safeguard Drinking Water - Online Courses Online Courses
$49.00
The MWON online course trains volunteers to teach about safe drinking water and the proper management of private water wells, springs, and cisterns. More
Water Test Interpretation
Water Test Interpretation - Webinars Webinars

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
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
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
Sanitary well caps are just one way to protect your drinking water. Photo credit: Jennifer Fetter
Home Water and Septic Workshop - Workshops Workshops

Home Water and Septic Workshop

Multiple Options Available

Free
Understand your drinking water supply and septic systems. Learn how to protect, test, and treat water from wells and springs, and how to maintain and inspect your septic system. More
Strategies to Protect Groundwater and Drinking Water
Strategies to Protect Groundwater and Drinking Water - Webinars Webinars
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This webinar discusses practices that homeowners can implement to protect groundwater including private water wells and springs. More
Youth Drinking Water Education
Youth Drinking Water Education - Webinars Webinars
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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
Household Water Treatment Systems
Household Water Treatment Systems - Webinars Webinars
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Dr. Tom McCarty from Penn State Extension in Cumberland County discusses the various types of drinking water treatment devices. 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
Photo by Luis Tosta
How To Use the Penn State Drinking Water Test Kit - Videos Videos
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
A Water Drop on a Journey - Shale Gas Drilling in the Mid-Atlantic
A Water Drop on a Journey - Shale Gas Drilling in the Mid-Atlantic - Videos Videos
This video covers water’s journey through the shale gas drilling and production processes in the Mid-Atlantic region and targets the 6th–9th grade level. More
Are Roadside Springs Safe?
Are Roadside Springs Safe? - Videos Videos

Are Roadside Springs Safe?

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

Many people drink water from roadside springs in Pennsylvania. But recent research suggests that you should use caution when consuming spring water. More
Water Supply Protection, Testing, and Interpretation
Water Supply Protection, Testing, and Interpretation - Videos Videos
Learn how to test and protect your private water well, spring or cistern. More
Well, Spring, and Cistern Construction and Maintenance
Well, Spring, and Cistern Construction and Maintenance - Videos Videos
Learn how private water wells, springs and cisterns should be located, constructed and managed to ensure safe and adequate water. More
Solving Water Problems
Solving Water Problems - Videos Videos
Most drinking water issues can be resolved by considering water treatment, pollution control, or alternative water sources. More
Where Does Your Drinking Water Come From?
Where Does Your Drinking Water Come From? - Videos Videos
Educational resources on proper management of private water systems including wells, springs, and cisterns. More
Water Tests: What Do the Numbers Mean?
Water Tests: What Do the Numbers Mean? - Guides and Publications Guides and Publications

Water Tests: What Do the Numbers Mean?

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D., James Andrew Clark

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Learn how and why to test water for chemicals, bacteria, and other pollutants. More
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