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Master Well Owners interact with visitors at Ag Progress Days. Photo: Bryan Swistock, Penn State
Applications Being Accepted for Next Penn State Master Well Owner Course - News News
If you are interested in learning more about the proper management of private water wells, springs and cisterns and you are willing to share what you learn with others, the Master Well Owner program may be for you! More
Penn State Water Resources Educator Danielle Rhea presents water test results to project participants in Clarion County, Pennsylvania in 2019. Photo: B. Swistock, Penn State
Project Provides Information on Lead and Copper in Rural Drinking Water Supplies - News News
An ongoing project which has tested drinking water from nearly 600 private water wells, springs and cisterns is providing important information about the prevalence and causes of copper and lead contamination of drinking water. More
Iron and Manganese in Private Water Systems Iron and Manganese in Private Water Systems - Articles

Iron and Manganese in Private Water Systems

Bryan Swistock, William Sharpe, Ph.D.

Iron and manganese cause stains and tastes in water. They can be removed with several treatment processes described in this article. More
Danielle Rhea, a water resources educator in Jefferson County, presents a drinking water clinic in McKean County in September 2019 (Photo: Bryan Swistock, Penn State)
Workshops Help Private Water Well and Septic System Owners Across Pennsylvania - News News
Penn State Extension provided 29 water workshops in 16 different counties over the past year. More
Master Well Owner Volunteers can help homeowners solve their puzzling well problems (Photo: B. Swistock, Penn State)
Next Penn State Master Well Owner Course Accepting New Applicants - News News
Interested in learning more about the proper management of private water wells, springs and cisterns and sharing what you learn with others? Check out the Master Well Owner online course being offered by Penn State Extension! More
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How to Find a Copy of Your Water Well Completion Report - News News
Vital water supply information can be found using a helpful online tool from the PA Groundwater Information System. More
Extension Educator Danielle Rhea presents at the Drinking Water Workshop in Clarion County. Photo: Bryan Swistock, Penn State
Clarion County Residents Learn About Managing Private Drinking Water Supplies - News News
Free water tests were provided to 40 households in Clarion County along with workshops educating residents about protecting, managing, and treating their water supplies. More
Sanitary well caps are one way to protect your drinking water. Photo credit: Jennifer Fetter
Private Drinking Water Testing Workshop - Workshops Workshops
Penn State Extension to provide no-cost drinking water testing for lead and other pollutants in a limited number of private wells, springs, and cisterns in Lancaster County. 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
Interpretation of private water test results was a part of the Master Well Owner Network volunteer's education associated with the RCAP project. (Photo: B. Swistock - Penn State)
Master Well Owner Network Volunteers Complete Water Testing Project - News News
Funding from the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency provided a continuing education project for MWON volunteers. More
MWON volunteers Tom Zordan (left) and Chris Schlegel (right) provide education to private waters supply owners at Ag Progress Days in August 2018. (photo by Bryan Swistock)
Penn State Master Well Owner Network Shows Impact with Drinking Water Education - News News
Extension's volunteer network for private well owners shows great impact this past year. More
Susan Boser explains how to interpret a water test report at the Mercer County Drinking Water Clinic (Photo: Bryan Swistock, Penn State)
Mercer County Water Clinic Draws a Crowd Interested In Private Water Supplies - News News
The Mercer County Extension office had their meeting room filled to capacity when it hosted a Drinking Water Clinic at the end of September. More
A sanitary well cap with a rubber seal is one way to help protect your groundwater. (Photo by Jennifer Fetter, Penn State)
Protect Your Groundwater, Protect Your Well! - News News
Over 1 million homes in Pennsylvania use groundwater as their primary source of drinking water. While not as visible as surface water, this water held in aquifers under the ground is an important resource to many in our state. 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
Water samples from workshop participants were incubated to determine the presence of Coliform bacteria.
Butler County Water Clinic Offers On-Site Testing to Participants - News News
A drinking water clinic was held in Butler County on May 15, where on-site water tests were performed to give participants an idea of their home water quality. 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
Penn State Extension's Master Watershed Steward Program was a recipient of a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence. .
Master Watershed Stewards Win Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence - News News
The Penn State Extension Master Watershed Steward Program was recently awarded a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence, presented annually by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. More
Testing for Total Dissolved Solids Photo:Susan Boser
Extension Presents at Lawrence/Mercer County ALLARM Water Workshop - News News
Participants learned about their private water system and had water samples tested on site. More
Northampton water workshop Photo: Peter Wulfhorst
Northampton Residents Learn About Drinking Water and Septic Management - News News
Users of these rural drinking water and wastewater systems are in need of educational resources because their management in Pennsylvania is the voluntary responsibility of each homeowner. More
York County Master Watershed Steward Graduates
Second Class of Master Watershed Stewards Graduate in York County - News News
We are excited to announce that York County’s second class of Master Watershed Steward trainees graduated and became official Master Watershed Stewards in March. More
Participants attend the Montour County Safe Drinking Water Clinic
Montour County Residents Learn How to Protect Their Drinking Water - News News
Fifty-three homeowners attended the workshop where they received water test reports and assistance in interpreting the testing results. More
Learning when, where and how to get your private well or spring water tested is the best way to know it's safe.
Safe Drinking Water Clinic - Workshops Workshops
Understand your drinking water supply. Learn how to protect, test, and treat water from wells & springs. More
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