Water Research Center

Drinking Water Quality for Real Estate Agents
and Real Estate Transactions

by:
Mr. Brian Oram, PG
B.F. Environmental Consultants Inc.

Online Information Guide to Help Real Estate Agents
and Other Real Estate Professionals

Website Links of Interest
Featured Article - Newest Website:

Methane Gas and Methane Gas Migration/ Mitigation in Pennsylvania (NEW)

GET YOUR WATER TESTED- Informational Testing Helps to
 Identify and Your Problem or Check the Quality of Your Water Before
Certified Testing is Conducted - Solve a Problem Before it Becomes a Problem

Your Private Well:
What Do the Results Mean? - Second Edition, 2012
(New Release)

Need Baseline Testing for Natural Gas Development - Our Video Section

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.  The Water Research Center is an outreach programs developed by Mr. Brian Oram.   If you require certified baseline testing or testing for a real estate transaction in Northeastern Pennsylvania, contact us at Real Estate Transactions Northeast Pennsylvania all sampling completed by a Professional Geologist, Licensed Well Driller with over 20 years experience in NEPA.  We do conduct customized training programs for real estate professionals and facilitate real estate professional education programs.

In general, the housing industry and banking community requires only minimal testing as part of a real estate transaction.  In most cases, this testing is completely inadequate and it is my professional opinion a more elaborate testing program should be conducted.  This testing could be conducted by doing informational water testing for a wider range of parameters and then conducting specific testing as required my the lender or identified as potential problems during the informational water test.

Basic Loan - Normally only requesting total coliform (this is not adequate)
VA Loan - Total Coliform, Nitrate/Nitrite, Iron, Total Dissolved Solids, and Hardness (this is not adequate)
FHA Loan - Nitrate/Nitrite, Total Coliform, e. coli, Lead (this is not adequate)

If you are in the Region with Marcellus Shale Development, the baseline testing needs to include a larger suite of parameters for more information contact our Professional.

Drinking Water Quality Help Guide


Hard Water and Your Drinking Water
Bacteria in Drinking Water  - Most Common Water Quality issue during Real Estate Transactions
Barium 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 8.
Coliform Bacteria and Health Effects- Most Common Water Quality issue during Real Estate Transactions
Fecal Coliform in Water - E. coli (about 10 % of wells may have this problem)
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
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

Newest Website - The MTBE Fact Sheet Drinking Water Issues
Newest Website - Atrazine in Water (updated)
Newest Website - Arsenic In Groundwater
 (updated)
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)
New Website - Well by Well Review of Dimock, PA (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

Other Helpful Links

Drinking Water Treatment Systems (updated)

Loans - Minimum Testing- Need Sampling for a Real Estate Transfer ? Email - bfenviro@ptd.net (Provide your contact information and location of the home - County and State).

Basic Loan - Normally only requesting total coliform (this is not adequate)
VA Loan - Total Coliform, Nitrate/Nitrite, Iron, Total Dissolved Solids, and Hardness (this is not adequate)
FHA Loan - Nitrate/Nitrite, Total Coliform, e. coli, Lead (this is not adequate)
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

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)
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



 

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For More information about the Water Research Center, 
please contact:

 Attn: Mr. Brian Oram, Professional Geologist (PG)
Water Research Center
B.F. Environmental Consultants Inc.
15 Hillcrest Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
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