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Website Dedicated to Information and Free Resources for Private Well Owners, Evaluation of Water and Wastewater Treatment Systems, Private Well Water Testing,Water Quality and Education/Outreach Programs - We Need Your Help to Spread the Word!


Mr. Brian Oram is a licensed professional geologist and soil scientist with over 25 years experience in applied earth and environmental sciences. Targeted outreach to private well owners and city water users throughout the world.

Mr. Oram has conducted research and consulting projects related to acid mine drainage (AMD), mine drainage, lake and stream monitoring programs, wetland creation and monitoring, filtration plant performance evaluations, testing new point of use water treatment devices and systems, hydrogeological evaluations, geological investigations, soils testing, soil morphological evaluations, water well drilling and construction, drinking water testing, mail order water testing kit program, private well water testing programs, and land reclamation. Mr. Oram has also been involved with Citizen Monitoring and other Environmental Training Programs for groups within the United States, Europe, and even the former Soviet Union.

Public Water Systems- City Water Users

The most common problem for city water users is as follows:
1. Aesthetic problems associated with bacterial regrowth and/or corrosion in the distribution system.
2. Chloride by-products and elevated levels of chlorine and chlorine-byproducts that contribute to test and odor issues.
3. Corrosion by-products related to the use of water that is corrosive to the distribution system, piping, and fixtures within the home.

4. Internal plumbing that does not use NSF approved materials and the plumbing releases plasticizers into the water.

To Act, we recommend the following:

1. Get Educated and Informed.  Get a copy of your Muncipal or City Water Consumer Confidence Report.
2. Try our Know Your H20 Diagnostic Tool if you are having a problem.
3. Get Your City Water Tested (Informational Laboratory Test) or In-home Screening Test.
4. Get Informed - Learn About the Hazards in Around Your Home and within Your Community.
5. Work as a Community to Develop Local and State Solutions.

Private Well Water, Groundwater and Springs

In most regions private water wells and small water systems servicing less than 25 individuals and 15 service connections may not be regulated by the state or a federal authority.    In Pennsylvania, 50 % of private well owners producte water that does not meet a primary drinking water heatlth standard, i.e., Their Water Can Make them Sick.  Therefore, it is up to these users to be proactive and get their water tested.    Our portal is used by private water supply systems worldwide, but this is a summary of what we have found in Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, we have found the following:

1. 40 to 50% of the private well users have reported the presence of total coliform in their water.
2. At least 10% of private well users have a low pH and corrosive water, elevated level of iron and/ or manganese, copper, lead, arsenic, and plasticizers,  and about 5 % have problems associated with methane gas, barium, alpha/beta,and other salts or a saline water source.

To Act, we recommend the following:

1. Get Educated and Informed.  Get a copy of our New Booklet.
2. Try our Know Your H20 Diagnostic Tool if you are having a problem.
3. Get Your Well Water Tested (Informational Laboratory Test) or In-home Screening Test.
4. Get Informed - Learn About the Hazards in Around Your Home and within Your Community.
5. Work as a Community to Develop Local and State Solutions- "We all Live Down Stream".
 

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Some Tools to Get YOU Started In Protecting Groundwater and Your Private Well
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