Sunday, October 20, 2013

We Have Helped over 1.2 Million Private Well Owners

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 website together in order to inform the public on a variety of topics and assist you with your water testing needs and information related to certified baseline water testing throughout the country. The Water Research Center is an outreach programs developed by Mr. Brian Oram. This guide has been divided into a number of sections that covers general water quality problems, such as hardness, iron, manganese, bacteria, odor, and corrosion; more significant issues related to other metals, organics, and radiological is also provided. Because of Black Shale Development throughout the United States, we have provided links to some videos and presentations we have conducted on this topic and others that will help you better understand the process.  We have also help many groundwater guardian programs, the Penn State Master Well Owner Program, an advocate for private well construction standards, and an advocate for a statewide program with a public/private partnership to fix private wells in the state.
A Quick Note- I am asked if I am pro or against natural gas development - My answer is NO. I am pro-landowner rights, protecting private well owners, solid energy policies, conservation, regulations, fining individuals and companies that do the wrong thing, and maintaining PA as a great place to raise a family.
Why does this website exist? The main reason is that most private wells and small water systems are not regulated by the EPA or the DEP in a given state and in Pennsylvania about 50% of private wells produce water that does not meet a primary health standard, i.e., Could Make the Well Owner Sick. Therefore, it is up to the individual private well owner to ensure that the water is safe to consume and use. In addition, the regulation or licensing of water treatment specialists is not via a state licensing program, but typically through an industry certification program. This website, under a variety of URLS,  has been up and running for over 20 years with the primary mission of providing free information on this topic to well owners. We have had over 1,200,000 unique visitors and many private well owners from throughout the world use this portal.
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