A Private Well Owner Online Guide to Common Water Quality and Drinking Water Problems

Online Information Guide to Topics Related
Private Well Owners, Private Water Systems, Individual Private Wells,
Springs, Rural Groundwater Systems, Rural Water Resources
, and Baseline Water Testing

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The following contains background information related to common drinking water sources of contamination, acute and chronic health problems, health advisories, and aesthetic problems associated with drinking water.   We have put this page together in order to inform the public on a variety of topics and help them along with their testing needs and to help with baseline water testing throughout the country.  The Water Research Center is an outreach programs developed by Mr. Brian Oram.

Private Well Water Owner Guide to Clean Safe Water
Drinking Water Quality Help Guide - Information to Help Fix a Problem or Concern


Hard Water and Your Drinking Water
Barium and Drinking Water Quality (NEW)
Bacteria in Drinking Water
Black water, Purple water, Red Water, Gas Bubbles, and other Case Studies  (NEW) _ Case Studies 1 through 4.
Black water, Purple water, Red Water, Gas Bubbles, and other Case Studies  (NEW) _ Case Studies 5 through 9.
Coliform Bacteria and Health Effects
Fecal Coliform in Water
Color, Odor, Turbidity in Drinking Water and Well Water  
Odor in Water

Corrosion - A common drinking water problem
Cryptosporidium parvum
Giardia lamblia
Iron and Manganese in Drinking and Tap Water
Lead In Drinking Water
Lithium In Drinking Water (NEW)
Water Testing Kits Services and Water Quality Parameters
Nitrate /Nitrogen Groundwater, Springs, Well Water, Spring Water
Nitrite /Nitrogen Groundwater, Springs, Well Water, Spring Water
Phosphate - Surfacewater and Groundwater
pH of Water (new) pH indicators
Buffer Solutions (How to Make)
Sulfates and Hydrogen Sulfide Corrosion, Well Water, Nuisance Bacteria
Rotten Egg Odors- Sulfur Bacteria, Sulfur Odors
Newest Website -Total Dissolved Solids
Groundwater Under the Influence SWIP Studies, MPA, MET, Microscopic Particulate Analysis
Microscopic Evaluation Technigue, GWUDI for Well Water and Groundwater Sources
SWIP Studies for Surfacewater Sources or Regulated Sources Filtration Performance Studies

Newest Website - Elementary / High School Student Project Tips
Drinking Water Treatment Options (NEW)

Newest Website - The MTBE Fact Sheet Drinking Water Issues
Newest Website - Atrazine in Water (updated)
Newest Website - Arsenic In Groundwater
Newest Website - Trihalomethanes and Drinking Water

Newest Website- Benethic Invertebrates and Rapid Bioassessment
Newest Website - Surface Water Physical Chemical Microbiological Standards
Newest Website Ozone Drinking Water Treatment (updated)
Newest Website: Radon in Drinking Water 
Newest Website: Radionuclides in Water
Newest Website: Groundwater and Drought Conditions
Newest Website: Methane Gas and Methane Gas Migration/ Mitigation in Pennsylvania (NEW)
Newest Website:
A Well by Well Review of the Data from Dimock, Pennsylvania (NEW)
Our Video Section  (NEW)
Newest Website - Well Biofouling

Other helpful information

A brief explanation of Groundwater Flow Well Water
How to shock chlorinate your water supply (updated)
A listing of water quality terms
Helpful Homeowner Information Private Wells and Water Systems
Listing of Federal EPA Primary Drinking Water Standards
Listing of Federal EPA Secondary Drinking Water Standards
Free Report: Giardia in Drinking Water
Free Report: Nitrates in Drinking Water
Free Report: Lead in Drinking Water

Environmental Links

Testing Kits

Water Check with Pesticides
Radiological Testing - Uranium, Radon, Radium, and More
City Water Testing - We have a kit for YOU.
Well Water Check - Get an Annual Check UP.
Corrosion Problems - Metallic Taste, Blue Green Staining, Leaking Pipes

Other Helpful Links
EPA Microbiology Home Page
A consumers guide to the nations drinking water
How safe is my drinking water?
Drinking Water Treatment Systems (updated)
Information on Septic Systems
Green Living Products for Your Home and Office
Private Well Owner and Well Driller Online Store
Marcellus Shale and Black Shale Library - Methane Gas Monitoring/ Testing
Watershed Monitoring - Tools and Supplies
Disinfection of a Drilled Well

Co-Authored - New Publication on Water Quality for Private Well Owners (NEW Publication)


County and State Water Quality Projects

(Our Partner: Carbon County Groundwater Guardians)(updated)
Lackawanna County (Private Well Owner Water Testing) - Program is also offered to
Wyoming County and Susquehanna County Outreach Programs (updated- New Reports Added!)
Luzerne County, Pennsylvania - (Well Water Testing, Lake Monitoring and more) (updated)
Monroe County, Pennsylvania - Groundwater Lake Monitoring, and Watershed Programs (updated)
Pike County, Pennsylvania (updated)
Newest Website: Water Quality Data for Your State
Newest Website: Water Quality Data for Dimock PA
Hydrological and Geological Evaluations in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Private Well Owner Program and Website
Agrobusiness Private Well and Rural Water System Program
Assistance to Watershed Groups and Other Environmental Organizations
Watershed Website  (updated)
Watershed Support and Training (updated)
Watershed and Lake Support
Assistance to Watershed Groups
Water Quality Index  (updated)
Water Library (updated)
Power Point Presentations (updated)

MPA MET Testing Services- Microscopic Particulate Analysis
Groundwater Under Direct Influence Investigations


Online Training Courses

LEED- AP / Green Associate Training/
 Professional Development Hours Courses