Water Resources Research Act Program

Details for Project ID 2014PA212B

Drinking Water Testing and Education for Roadside Springs in Pennsylvania

Institute: Pennsylvania
Year Established: 2014 Start Date: 2014-04-15 End Date: 2015-02-28
Total Federal Funds: $17,386 Total Non-Federal Funds: $8,606

Principal Investigators: Bryan Swistock

Abstract: Roadside springs are a common source of drinking water especially in western and northern Pennsylvania. Little data is available about the potential risks associated with these springs but preliminary data from 35 springs tested in 2013 found that more than 90% fail the criteria for one or more health-based drinking water standards. This project seeks to learn more about seasonal variability and additional water quality parameters in eight high-use springs to assist in the creation of educational resources to increase awareness about the risks associated with drinking water from untreated roadside springs.