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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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
Site Evaluation for On-lot Sewage Systems Site Evaluation for On-lot Sewage Systems - Articles
Proper design and operation of an on-lot sewage system hinges on the ability of the soil to absorb and renovate the wastewater flowing from the treatment tank. More
On-Lot Filtration and Advanced Treatment Units
On-Lot Filtration and Advanced Treatment Units - Articles Articles
There are many Filtration and Advanced treatment units (FATU's) approved for use in On-Lot Wastewater Systems in Pennsylvania. More
On-lot Wastewater Inspections During Real Estate Transactions On-lot Wastewater Inspections During Real Estate Transactions - Articles
The Pennsylvania Septage Management Association and the National Onsite Wastewater Education and Research Foundation have developed standards and procedures for on-lot wastewater system inspections. 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
Are Roadside Springs Safe?
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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
A small roadside spring located along a state forest road in northcentral Pennsylvania.
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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
Unused and unwanted medicines being collected.
Pharmaceutical Disposal and Water Quality - Articles Articles
This article explains the issue of pharmaceuticals in water and how to properly dispose of these products to prevent water quality contamination. More
Common Water Test Parameters Related to Natural Gas Drilling
Common Water Test Parameters Related to Natural Gas Drilling - Articles Articles
Water test reports of water near gas drilling activity generally have these common parameters. More
Common Drinking Water Problems and Solutions
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Common Drinking Water Problems and Solutions

Bryan Swistock, James Andrew Clark

A listing of symptoms in water (color, smell, taste), the common causes, and possible solutions to common drinking water problems. More
Glass of water
The Water We Drink - Articles Articles

The Water We Drink

Jennifer R Fetter, James Andrew Clark

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
Water Tests: What Do the Numbers Mean?
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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