Drinking Water Guide for Well Water and City Water

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Drinking Water Quality Guide: What Do the Test Results Mean?

The goal of this guide is to help educate and inform citizens on issues related to water conservation, to ensure that private water supply systems produce safe drinking water for your family, to protect the long-term quality of our streams and drinking water sources, and to help you to understand the potential sources of pollution to our water resources.

The booklet provides an informational guide to many of the common ways your water can become contaminated. It provides information related to the Primary Standards (Health) or Secondary Standards (Aesthetic) concerns for each Contaminant and provides information on Contaminants that do not specifically have a drinking water limit - No Standards.

In addition, it covers the multiple levels of water testing, from basic observations you can do yourself to Certified Testing using chain-of-custody.

This reference is intended as a guide to understand water quality by providing guidance on selecting water quality testing parameters for Baseline Testing from a citizen’s perspective and by serving as a tool to help interpret water quality data. In some cases, this document provides guidance on what actions you may want to consider.

Get your copy today to learn about the health and quality of your water. Get Informed,  Get Tested, Get Treated and get on the Path to Clean Water!


”Your Guide is very helpful for me and my constituents who own private wells… and is an instructive guide to me as a policy maker as I strive to protect our water supply.”

– PA State Representative

“Brian, thank you very much, I really appreciate having a copy of your excellent publication."

– Licensed professional geologist in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Water Quality Guide was developed in partnership with the Keystone Clean Water Team (a non-profit 501C3) and KnowYourH2O.com

Mr. Brian Oram, Professional Geologist
B. F. Environmental Consultants Inc.
Founder of
BF Environmental Consultants, Inc.
www.bfenvironmental.com and

Dr. Sid Halsor, Professional Geologist and Dr. Brian Redmond, Professional Geologist

Thanks for Supporting Groundwater Education! Proceeds for the sale of the booklet help and assist with Local Groundwater Education Outreach Programs.

This booklet is part of the effort to support the Citizens' Groundwater and Surface Water Database, a “Grassroots” effort to track change in groundwater quality in Pennsylvania. To learn more about these Grassroots Efforts and become part of the solution, you can sign up for an account and begin sharing your work with the Citizen Global Community! Act Now!

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