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Giardiasis (Spanish)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Infectious Diseases Division of Parsitic Diseases

Contaminated water can lead to several illnesses.This Spanish-language fact sheet discusses giardiasis, an illness caused by the microscopic Giardia parasite that lives in the intestine of humans and animals.

DWFSPE171DL/Booklet: 5 pp. (2001)

Price: $0.00
 
Give Water A Hand Action Guide
U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service

Helping young people learn about water supplies and conservation is one of the best ways to ensure healthy communities. This two-book set offers students fun activities and tips that get them started thinking about protecting water resources.

DWPKPE49DL/Book: 72 pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00


 
Good Water Habits: What You Need to Know
National Groundwater Association

Whether you use well water or a public drinking water supply, you can take measures to make sure yur water is safe. This fact sheet answers several questions about about water contaminants and suggests things to do at home to keep your water safe.

DWFSPE261DL/Fact Sheet: 1 pp. (2009)

Price: $0.00
 
Ground Water and Surface Water: A Single Resource
Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey

Nearly all surface water features interact with groundwater. This illustrated book gives an overview of the relationship between groundwater and surface water. It is intended to help build a foundation for policies governing the management and protection of aquifers and watersheds.

DWBKPE115DL/Book: 87 pp. (1998)

Price: $0.00


 
Ground Water Protection: A Citizen's Action Checklist
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

Americans have some of the safest drinking water supplies in the world, but it takes a tremendous amount of work to ensure that this remains true. This fact sheet lists a number of actions individuals may take to help keep drinking water supplies safe.

DWFSPE36DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (1992)

Price: $0.00
 
Ground Water Protection: What You Need to Know
National Groundwater Association

This fact sheet answers several of the most frequently asked questions about groundwater and offers tips on protecting this source of drinking water for 47 percent of the U.S. population.

DWFSPE266DL/Fact Sheet: 1 pp. (2001)

Price: $0.00


 
Ground Water Quality: What You Need to Know
National Groundwater Association

A basic understanding about groundwater quality helps ensure that a private well is supplying potable water. This fact sheet describes some of the natural processes that can occur in water including hardness and excessive iron, nitrogen, silica, and sulfur.

DWFSPE263DL/Fact Sheet: 1 pp. (2009)

Price: $0.00
 
Ground Water “Buried Treasure”
Ground Water Protection Council

As rain falls to the ground, it moves into the spaces between the soil particles. This is ground water. Used This fact sheet explains the basics of ground water use and describes the major threats to ground water quality. The various public agencies that currently oversee ground water protection are listed as well as some practical ways that hoemowneners can join in the efforts.

DWFSPE369DL/Fact Sheet: 4 pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00


 
Ground-Water Availability in the United States
U.S. Geological Survey

Providing half of our drinking water, groundwater is vital to the nation. It is essential to the health of rivers, wetlands, and estuaries and is necessary for agriculture. Groundwater availability in the U.S. has been affected by large-scale development and over pumping, leading to concerns about its future availability. This booklet discusses these and other groundwater concerns.

DWBLPE442DL/Booklet: 79pp. (2008)

Price: $0.00
 
Groundwater Basics
The Groundwater Foundation

Without water, all life on earth would cease to exist, but groundwater is rarely understood or appreciated. This leaflet is chock-full of groundwater facts, answers to some common questions, includes a glossary of water-related terms and a list of things homeowners can do to prevent groundwater contamination.

DWBRPE391DL/Brochure: 2pp. (2007)

Price: $0.00


 
Groundwater Contamination & Your Septic System
Virginia Department of Health

This fact sheet describes how groundwater can be contaminated by septic systems. It addresses the problems that can occur in septic systems when outside chemicals are introduced and offers suggestions for homeowners to keep their systems functioning properly.

WWFSPE153DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (1991)

Price: $0.00
 
Groundwater Protection Begins at Home
National Environmental Services Center

This poster shows how household hazardous waste can contaminate groundwater. The back of the poster contains notes about household hazardous waste and disposal, as well as information about how to set up a household hazardous waste disposal program.

DWPSPE40DL/Poster: 2 pp. (1995)

Price: $0.00


 
Guide to Using Water Wisely
San Jose Water Company

This guide is designed to help homeowners conserve water.

DWBLPE435DL/Booklet: 26 pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00
 
Health Information about Arsenic in Drinking Water
Maryland Department of the Environment

This pamphlet answers some of the pressing questions homeowners might have about the dangers of arsenic in drinking water. The information is presented in a clear, non-technical style.

DWFSPE328DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (2007)

Price: $0.00


 
Healthy Drinking Waters for Massachusetts: Private Well Owner Responsibility
University of Massachusetts, Extension

This fact sheet describes well owners' responsibility for the care and maintenance of their private well. The fact sheet discusses proper well location and construction, how to keep contaminants away from the well, sealing abandon wells, and well water testing.

DWFSPE436DL/Fact Sheet: 5 pp. (2007)

Price: $0.00
 
Healthy Drinking Waters for Rhose Islanders: Residential Well Water Testing
University of Rhode Island, Cooperative Extension

Private wells currently are not regulated by the U.S. EPA. Having your well tested provides information on the quality and safety of your drinking water. This fact sheet offers guidance on how, why, and when to have your well tested and lists tests recommended for different water conditions.

DWFSPE248DL/Fact Sheet: 4pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00


 
Home Water Testing
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

Whether you drink city water or well water at home, some situations require that you have your water tested. This free fact sheet provides information to help homeowners decide whether or not they should have their water tested. Concerns include whether homeowners suspect lead in their household plumbing, whether they’re expecting a new baby in the house, and whether there are issues with water taste, odor, or staining. The fact sheet also briefly discusses collecting samples and who should perform the testing.

DWFSPE314DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (2005)

Price: $0.00
 
Home Water Treatment Units: Filtering Fact From Fiction
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

Produced to respond to the public's request for information, this brochure discusses the proper use of home water treatment units, the misconceptions about unit approval, possible false or misleading promotions, and references to help consumers make informed decisions.

DWBRPE03DL/Brochure: 2 pp. (1990)

Price: $0.00


 
Home Water Treatment Using Activated Carbon
Michigan State University, Cooperative Extension Service

Home water purification using activated carbon is often employed to treat drinking water quality problems and is considered one of the best home methods for removing certain organic compounds. This booklet discusses activated carbon filters, their operation, maintenance, and cost.

DWFSPE127DL/Fact Sheet: 5pp. (1990)

Price: $0.00
 
Household Hazardous Waste: Where It Goes In Monongalia County
National Environmental Services Center

Applicable to any community, this fact sheet explains what household hazardous wastes are and what happens when they are put in the trash, flushed down the drain, dumped in a storm drain, burned, and/or dumped on the ground. It also provides tips on what people can do to reduce household hazardous wastes.

DWFSPE46DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (1996)

Price: $0.00


 
How a Failed Septic System Impacts the Watershed
Little Beaver Creek Land Foundation

This factsheet describes how failed septic systems impacted a local watershed.

DWFSPE426DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (2010)

Price: $0.00
 
How to Conduct an Inventory in Your Wellhead Protection Area: A Training Manual for Use with Volunteers
University of Idaho, Idaho Water Resources Research Institute

This training manual is designed to help community volunteers conduct wellhead protection inventories in their local watershed. The manual takes a user step-by-step through the process for training volunteers.

DWBKPE95DL/Book: 113pp. (1993)

Price: $0.00


 
How to Manage Your Septic System and Protect Your Water
Utah State University, Extension

This fact sheet is about protecting water supplies by properly managing septic systems. The fact sheet discusses proper installation and maintenance of septic systems and how to minimize the risk of contamination to drinking water supplies.

DWFSPE437DL/Fact Sheet: 8 pp. (2005)

Price: $0.00
 
How to Protect Your Well
Watershed Committee of the Ozarks

This fact sheet discusses how to protect your well's water quality from likely pollutants and includes information about well installation and well casings.

DWFSPE68DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (1995)

Price: $0.00


How to Store Water for Drinking or Cooking
How to Store Water for Drinking or Cooking
The Pennsylvania State University , Penn State Extension

This fact sheet discusses the importance of storing water for cooking and drinking for use during an emergency. Storing water for an emergency is simple, especially when the water is not contaminated.

DWFSPE445DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (2015)

Price: $0.00
 
Hydrogen Sulfide and Sulfate in Private Drinking Water Wells
University of Rhode Island, Cooperative Extension

Hydrogen sulfide is a gas that is produced naturally by decomposing organic material and sulfur-reducing bacteria. Sulfates are part of naturally-occurring minerals contained within soil and rock formations. This fact sheet describes potential health effects and potential treatment options.

DWFSPE283DL/Fact Sheet: 4pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00


 
Improving Drinking Water Well Condition
Cooperative Extension Service, The University of Georgia, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Athens

Wells are designed to provide clean water, however, they can allow bacteria nitrates, pesticides, or petroleum products to contaminate ground water. And once the ground water is contaminated it is very difficult and costly to clean. Prevention is the best practice. This document provides an assessment to evaluate the environmental soundness of your farm relating to your drinking water well. Well condition facts, reference and publications that provide alternatives to current practices as well as structural modifications that can prevent contamination are provided.

DWBLPE341DL/Booklet: 16 pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00
 
Improving Septic System Maintenance in Coastal Communities
NC State University , Cooperative Extension

This booklet discusses how improving septic system maintenance protects groundwater. The booklet discusses proper septic system installation, maintenance, and major contributors to system failure.

DWBLPE439DL/Booklet: 16 pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00


 
Injection Wells: An Introduction to Their Use, Operation and Regulations
Ground Water Protection Council

Underground injection is the placement of fluids into the ground through a well bore. Since the passage of several legislative acts in the 70s that regulate waste disposal, underground injection has grown in importance. When disposed of at the surface, many of these fluids pose a risk of contaminating surface waters or ground water. This booklet explains some of the parameters that must be considered when using this method of disposal: site selection, construction requirements, operating and monitoring requirements. Covering all four classes of injection wells, this booklet includes many clear graphics and drawings to explain this disposal method.

DWBLPE335DL/Booklet: 16pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00
 
Innovative use of Clean Water State Revolving Funds for Nonpoint Source Pollution
U.S. Enviromental Protection Agency, Office of Water

Nonpoint source pollution is widely viewed as one of the most serious threats to our nation's water quality. Many states are successfully using the U.S. EPA's Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan program to fund important nonpoint source pollution remediation projects. This fact sheet describes lending methods and offers three case studies of successful state loan programs.

DWFSPE234DL/Fact Sheet: 8 pp. (2002)

Price: $0.00


 
Interpreting Drinking Water Quality Analysis: What Do the Numbers Mean? 6th Edition
Rutgers Cook College, Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Drinking water test results may be difficult to understand. This booklet clarifies test results by defining terms and standards used. It also describes what tests are needed, where to have water tested, and how to treat the water when problems arise.

DWBLPE112DL/Booklet: 74 pp. (2005)

Price: $0.00
 
Introduction to Watershed Planning
U.S. Environmental Protection Agnecy,

This publication is adapted from an online training module of the EPA's Watershed Academy Web. This module takes a look at what is needed to develop a successful watershed plan. The three phases of watershed planning including building local partnerships, plan development, and implementation and evaluation are described. A handy self-test is also provided.

DWBLPE398DL/Booklet: 28 pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00


 
Ion Exchange Treatment of Drinking Water Supplies
University of Rhode Island, Cooperative Extension

Part of the Private Wells Series, this pamphlet offers consumer advice on the purchase of ion exchange water treatment device. Questions to ask before you buy are included.

DWFSPE308DL/Fact Sheet: 4pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00
 
Iron
Water Systems Council

While not a direct public health threat, iron and manganese can affect water’s taste. This fact sheet discusses iron and manganese, and offers tips about eliminating these secondary contaminants.

DWFSPE433DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00


 
Iron and Magnese in Private Drinking Water Wells
University of Rhode Island, Cooperative Extension

While not considered a health hazard, iron and manganese can affect the flavor and color of food and water. This fact sheet lists sources of iron and manganese, describes their effects, and offers suggestions of ways to treat water for these substances.

DWFSPE299DL/Fact Sheet: 4pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00
 
Is There Lead in my Drinking Water?
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

The answer is in a free brochure from EPA, which offers tips for protecting families from lead in drinking water. The brochure answers frequently asked questions, such as how lead gets into water, what you should do if you suspect lead in your water, and whether you should have your children tested. The brochure also offers a list of quick tips for reducing your family's exposure to lead and provides contacts for more information.

DWFSPE313DL/Brochure: 2 pp. (2005)

Price: $0.00


 
Is Your Community's Drinking Water At Risk? Misused Septic Systems Can Cost Millions
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water

Some U.S. commercial and industrial businesses that don't have access to sewer systems have relied on shallow underground disposal for their wastewater, either in cesspools or in septic tanks. This booklet explains how these misused disposal methods can contaminate water and how communities can act to protect their drinking water supplies.

DWBRPE91DL/Fact Sheet: 4 pp. (1995)

Price: $0.00
 
Is Your Water Safe? What You Need to Know
National Groundwater Association

A simple water test can tell if your drinking water is safe. This fact sheet outlines several options for independently testing your water and lists common tests for contaminants such as nitrates, lead, and iron.

DWFSPE264DL/Fact Sheet: 1 pp. (2009)

Price: $0.00


 
Is Your Well Water Safe to Drink?
Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Environmental and Occupational Health Program

Many Maine wells have too much arsenic, radon and uranium. This brochure explains to homeowners the why, when and how of well water testing. A contact list of all Maine water testing labs is included.

DWBRPE422DL/Booklet: 4pp. (2006)

Price: $0.00
 
It's YOUR Drinking Water: Get to Know it and Protect it!
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

As a consumer you have a right to know whether your public drinking water meets national safety standards. This booklet outlines several sources of information, like consumer confidence reports, state compliance reports, public notification rules, and source water assessments, to help with questions you might have.

DWBLPE113DL/Booklet: 8 pp. (1999)

Price: $0.00


 
Lead in Private Drinking Water Wells
University of Rhode Island, Cooperative Extension

Lead contamination from drinking water water pipes, fittings, fixtures, and/or solder can cause serious damage to the brain, kidneys, nervous system, and red blood cells. private well owners are responsible for having their own water tested for lead and other harmful contaminants. This fact sheet discusses testing for lead and several ways to eliminate it from a private water source.

DWFSPE297DL/Fact Sheet: 4pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00
 
Lead in School's Drinking Water
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

This book provides information about the effects lead has on children. It explains how to detect lead in school drinking water supplies and how to pinpoint its source. Ways to reduce or eliminate lead in drinking water and personnel training for sampling and remedial programs are included.

DWBLPE06DL/Book: 60 pp. (1989)

Price: $0.00


 
Lead In Your Drinking Water: Actions You Can Take To Reduce Lead In Drinking Water
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

This factsheet discusses the health risks associated with lead poisoning and suggests actions that can be taken to reduce lead in drinking water. Definitions of related terms and additional assistance information are provided.

DWBLPE16DL/Fact Sheet: 4 pp. (1993)

Price: $0.00
 
Lead Leaching From Submersible Well Pumps
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Prevention, Pesticides and Toxic Substances

This factsheet explains various aspects of submersible pumps, including lead leaching from brass components and available treatment options to reduce lead levels in drinking water.

DWBLPE154DL/Fact Sheet: 12 pp. (1994)

Price: $0.00


 
Legionella: Drinking Water Fact Sheet
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

This fact sheet describes Legionella bacteria, from which legionaires disease originates. Included are various profiles of the bacteria, such as its health effects and route of transmission in humans, its occurrence in the environment, risk factors, and analytical methods for identifying its presence, water treatment methods, and regulatory information from the U.S. EPA.

DWFSPE191DL/Fact Sheet: 3 pp. (2000)

Price: $0.00
 
Legionella: Drinking Water Health Advisory
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Science and Technology, Office of Water

Legionella bacteria, pathogens that are widespread in untreated water, were discovered following a pneumonia outbreak at the 1976 American Legion convention in Philadelphia. This document summarizes information regarding Legionella and its health effects and provides informal technical guidance to federal, state, and local officials responsible for protecting public health.

DWBLPE189DL/Booklet: 27 pp. (2001)

Price: $0.00


 
Legionella: Risk for Infants and Children
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Science and Technology, Office of Water

This document addresses the occurrence and risk of infection by the Legionella bacteria in children. Sections discuss immunity, specific health effects exhibited by infected children, risk factors, and recommendations for further research.

DWBLPE181DL/Booklet: 13 pp. (1999)

Price: $0.00
 
Lessons for Private Well Owners from the Maine Public Water Supply Assessments
Maine CDC Drinking Water Program

Development pressure is the biggest threat to drinking water quality in Maine. This brochure presents answers to well owners' questions about contamination risks.

DWPSPE354DL/Poster: 2 pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00


 
Let it run. . . and get the lead out! Important information on how to protect your health
Minnesota Department of Health, Division of Environmental Health

The common metal lead can be found in many areas around the home - in lead-based paint, household dust, food and drinking water. And lead buildup can be a special health problem for children whose small bodies absorb lead more rapidly than bigger ones. This fact sheet offers homeowners tips on how to reduce lead in their drinking water.

DWFSPE377DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (2007)

Price: $0.00
 
Living In A Public Drinking Water Supply Watershed—Protecting The Watershed And Your Backyard
Connecticut Department of Public Health, Drinking Water Division

As rainfall or snow melt moves over the ground it picks up many harmful pollutants which are deposited in our drinking water sources. Pollutants such as sediment, fertilizers, insecticides, bacteria and nutrients, oil and grease are picked up and then make our drinking water unsafe, and destroy habitat. This fact sheet offers residents ways to protect their community's source water and the family's drinking water well.

DWFSPE388DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00


 
Los ninos y los estandares del agua potable
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

People want to know that their children drink safe tap water. This EPA booklet explains how national standards contribute to drinking water safety and helps readers make informed choices about their drinking water. The booklet includes a list of contaminants, acceptable concentrations, their source, and contaminants' effects on children's health.

DWBLPE198DL/Fact Sheet: 10 pp. (2000)

Price: $0.00
 
Making Sense of "Right to Know" Reports
Campaign for Safe and Affordable Drinking Water

The Safe Drinking Water Act Amendments of 1996 were designed to enable the government and water suppliers to prepare for future drinking water safety challenges and assure the sustainable availability of safe drinking water. Among other objectives of the legislation, the amendments mandate that water companies provide their customers with better information by providing them with Right to Know Reports before the 1st of July each year. This fact sheet is a “frequently-asked-questions” (FAQ) report that explains the context, content, and importance of the reports and aids the consumer in better understanding the information.

DWFSPE322DL/Fact Sheet: 4 pp. (2002)

Price: $0.00


 
Man-made Chemicals in Private Drinking Water Wells
University of Rhode Island, Cooperative Extension

This document describes how human-made chemicals can cause problems for private wells and drinking water. It also shows the potential source and how to test and treat the contamination in a private well.

DWFSPE298DL/Fact Sheet: 4pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00
 
Managing a Flooded Well
Water Systems Council, wellcare® Program

If you live in an area that was recently flooded, your private well may have been contaminated by flood water and you could be at risk of electrical shock from water-logged well equipment. This fact sheet gives homeowners important information about testing for contamination, disinfection procedures and safe ways to check the well and pump.

DWFSPE414DL/Fact Sheet: 2pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00


 
Mapping Your Wellhead Protection Area
University of Maine , Cooperative Extension

If we know what may pollute our water supplies, we can take steps to prevent contamination.This fact sheet is for homeowners interested in protecting their wells from contamination.

DWFSPE370DL/Fact Sheet: 2pp. (1999)

Price: $0.00
 
Matching Game: How Much Water?
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

This game illustrates the amount of water that is needed to perform different tasks in a typical household.

DWFSPE237DL/Fact Sheet: 1 pp. (2004)

Price: $0.00


 
Mercury in Drinking Water
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Servics, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, Consumer and Environmental Health Services

What is mercury? How can mercury get into your drinking water? Is mercury harmful to your health? This booklet answers these questions and more. This handy booklet gives answers to consumers about this potentially harmful compound.

DWBLPE333DL/Fact Sheet: 16 pp. (1998)

Price: $0.00
 
Microfiltration Treatment of Drinking Water Supplies
University of Rhode Island, Cooperative Extension

Microfiltration is generally a low-cost safe treatment process that removes small amounts of suspended material from water. This pamphlet offers consumers advice on purchasing a water-treatment system.

DWFSPE306DL/Fact Sheet: 4pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00


 
MTBE and other volatile organic compounds—New findings and implications on the quality of source waters used for drining water supplies
U.S. Geological Survey

This fact sheet describes new findings about MTBE, a gasoline additive, and other VOCs found in groundwater supplies and answers such questions as the frequency MTBE is detected and where it will likely be found.

DWFSPE202DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (2001)

Price: $0.00
 
MTBE( methyl tertiary-butyl ether) in Private Drinking Water Wells
University of Rhode Island, Cooperative Extension

MTBE is a volatile organic chemical used as an octane enhancer in gasoline since the late 1970s. The U.S. EPA considers MTBE to be a possible human carcinogen. This fact sheet discusses MTBE and its health effects, plus sources of the chemical and testing for its presence in private wells.

DWFSPE251DL/Fact Sheet: 4pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00


 
Mycobacteria: Health Advisory
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Science and Technology, Office of Water

Environmental mycobacterial species may occur in surface water and piped water supplies potentially leading to human exposure. This informal technical guidance document provides information on the health effects, analytical methods, and treatment technology associated with mycobacteria contaminated drinking water.

DWBLPE192DL/Booklet: 35 pp. (1999)

Price: $0.00
 
Mycrobacteria: Drinking Water Fact Sheet
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Science and Technology

Mycobacteria have been referred to as the "ducks of the microbial world" due to their thick, waxy coating, which enables them to thrive in aquatic environments. This fact sheet describes these organisms, where they occur in the environment, their health effects in humans and animals, and water treatment methods for their removal.

DWFSPE183DL/Fact Sheet: 4 pp. (2002)

Price: $0.00


Need to treat your well Water? Learn and ask about choices.
Need to treat your well Water? Learn and ask about choices.
Water Quality Program, University of Rhode Island

This tip sheet provides information testing and treating well water for homeowners who rely on these systems. Included is a brief discussion on water treatment systems available and where to obtain more information.

DWFSPE451DL/Fact Sheet: 2pp. (2013)

Price: $0.00
 
Nitrate and Nitrite & Groundwater
Water Systems Council

This fact sheet explains nitrate and nitrite and groundwater, how to test for nitrate and nitrite, and ways to eliminate them from drinking water.

DWFSPE431DL/Fact Sheet: 4 pp. (2007)

Price: $0.00


 
Nitrate-Nitrogen in Private Drinking Water Wells
University of Rhode Island, Cooperative Extension

Nitrate and nitrite contamination of drinking water can be health hazards for infants, pregnant women, nursing mothers, and the elderly. This fact sheet discusses indications and sources of these forms of nitrogen, their potential health effects, and testing for their presence in private drinking water sources.

DWFSPE295DL/Fact Sheet: 4pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00
 
Nitrates : What You Need to Know
National Groundwater Association

Nitrates are a component of fertilizers and can contaminate rural water supplies, especially after heavy rains or flooding. This factsheet discusses nitrates and how they can become a problem for home water supplies.

DWFSPE260DL/Fact Sheet: 1 pp. (2009)

Price: $0.00


 
Ozone Treatment of Drinking Water Supplies
University of Rhode Island, Cooperative Extension

Ozone is a strong oxidizing agent, and like chlorine, it is used to kill disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Ozone units are installed as a point-of-entry treatment system. This illustrated fact sheet provides information about this home treatment option.

DWFSPE296DL/Fact Sheet: 4pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00
 
Pesticides in Drinking Water Wells
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Pesticides and Toxic Substances

This booklet describe various issues well water users should be aware of concerning pesticide contamination. It discusses testing methods and other actions homeowners should take if they fear their water is or possibly could become contaminated.

DWBLPE86DL/Booklet: 16 pp. (1990)

Price: $0.00


 
Pesticides in Drinking Water Wells
New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Servics, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health, Consumer and Environmental Health Services

Pesticides include a large group of chemicals that are used in agricultural and residential settings to control plant and animal infestations. This booklet explains how pesticides get into drinking water supplies and provides information about related health risks. It includes a chart of allowable limits of common pesticides and provides information about how consumers can get their water supply, including private wells, tested for pesticides.

DWBLPE210DL/Booklet: 20 pp. (1998)

Price: $0.00
pH of Well Water
pH of Well Water
Water Quality Program, University of Rhode Island

This tip sheet provides information about pH for home owners who rely on well water. Topics covered include what pH is, why low pH can be a problem, how to tell if water is acidic and what to do about it.

DWFSPE452DL /Fact Sheet: 2pp. (2014)

Price: $0.00


 
pH-Acidity of Private Drinking Water Wells
University of Rhode Island, Cooperative Extension

The pH of drinking water is not a health concern, however, acidic water (low pH) can leach metals from plumbing systems, which can cause health problems. This fact sheet gives the general public the facts about the acidity of their well water.

DWFSPE305DL/Fact Sheet: 4pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00
 
Plomo en el agua potable: lo que usted hacer para reducir el plomo en el agua potable
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

Lead in drinking water can cause a variety of adverse health effects. In babies and children, exposure to lead above the action level can result in delays in physical and mental development. In adults, it can cause increases in blood pressure and kidney problems. This booklet offers suggestions of ways to avoid lead contamination in the home.

DWBLPE195DL/Fact Sheet: 9 pp. (2000)

Price: $0.00


 
Point-of-Use Water Treatment Units for Lead Reduction
Minnesota Department of Health, Environmental Health Division, Section of Drinking Water Protection

Lead differs from other contaminants in that it rarely occurs naturally in the raw water supply, rather it becomes a problem after the water has left the treatment plant-usually through the corrosion of the water distribution system and household plumbing. This pamphlet reviews the different types of home water treatment units available and their effectiveness in reducing lead contamination.

DWBRPE378DL/Brochure: 2 pp. (2005)

Price: $0.00
 
Preparing Sewage Sludge for Land Application or Surface Disposal: A Guide for Preparers of Sewage Sludge on the Monitoring, Record Keeping, and Reporting Requirements of the Federal Standards for the Use or Disposal of Sewage Sludge, 40 CFR Part 503
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

This book describes Part 503 requirements for preparing sewage sludge or a material derived from sewage sludge. Part 503 regulations establish monitoring, recordkeeping, and reporting requirements; pollutant limits; operational standards; and management practices. The book discusses requirements for sewage sludge that is applied to land, placed on a surface disposal site, or incinerated in a sewage sludge-only incinerator.

WWBKRG44DL/Book: 52 pp. (1993)

Price: $0.00


 
Primer on Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)
Pollution Probe

This book discusses volatile organic compounds: what they are, where they come from, the health effects associated with exposure to them, and ways to remove them from drinking water.

DWBKPE427DL/Book: 56 pp. (2005)

Price: $0.00
 
Proteccion de sus Ninos del plomo en el agua potable (Protecting Your Kids From Lead In Drinking Water)
New York City Department of Environmental Protection and National Environmental Services Center

This Spanish-language brochure provides information about lead poisoning in children, how lead occurs in drinking water, what precautions to take in the home, and how to improve plumbing to reduce lead exposure.

DWBRPE28DL/Brochure: 2pp. (1993)

Price: $0.00


 
Protect Our Health From Source to Tap: National Drinking Water Program Highlights
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

A variety of safeguards form multiple barriers against contamination in public water supplies in the U.S. This pocket-sized booklet explains how our drinking water is protected through regulations, standards, and best management practices for preventing contamination.

DWBLPE121DL/Booklet: 50 pp. (2001)

Price: $0.00
 
Protect Water Resources—Understand Pesticide Movement
University of Arizona, College of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension

The impacts of pesticides on surface and groundwater are a serious matter. This fact sheet examines different ways that pesticides travel through the environment, including discussion about how varying chemical properties, as well as localized soil characteristics, can influence this movement. Reference tables for assessing the risk of groundwater contamination from over 25 common pesticides and a list of management strategies for preventing contamination are also provided.

DWFSPE208DL/Fact Sheet: 4pp. (2011)

Price: $0.00


 
Protect Your Family: Test Your Wells Water Quality Today–A Guide to Water Quality Testing for Private Wells in Rhode Island
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency New England; Rhode Island Department of Health, Office of Drinking Water Qualtiy; University of Rhode Island

If you have a private well as a drinking water source, water quality testing is important to you and your family. Some contaminants pose a risk to human health. This pamphlet describes the recommended tests for the well water. Information about when to test and what the tests tell you is included.

DWBRPE372DL/Brochure: 2 pp. (2004)

Price: $0.00
 
Protect Your Family: Test Your Well’s Water Quality Today–A Guide to Water Quality Testing for Private Wells
Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Drinking Water Program

If you have a private well as a drinking water source, water quality testing is important to you and your family. Some contaminants pose a risk to human health. This pamphlet describes the recommended tests for the well water. Information about when to test and what the tests tell you is included.

DWBRPE371DL/Brochure: 2 pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00


 
Protect Your Family: Test your Well’s Water Quality Today–A Guide to Water Quality Testing for Private Wells
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Water Supply Engineering Bureau

If you have a private well as a drinking water source, water quality testing is important to you and your family. Some contaminants pose a risk to human health. This pamphlet describes the recommended tests for the well water. Information about when to test and what the tests tell you is included.

DWBRPE373DL/Brochure: 2 pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00
 
Protect Yourself & Your Family's Health: Test your Well's Drinking Water Qualiy Today
State of Connecticut, Department of Public Health

If your family uses a private well for drinking water, water quality testing should be an important part of your household routine. This pamphlet gives homeowners information about the contaminants they should be concerned about, provides a list of steps to take to protect a well from contamination, and what the tests reveal.

DWBRPE387DL/Brochure: 2pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00


 
Protecting Drinking Water Through Underground Injection Control
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water

More than 750 billion gallons of hazardous and non-hazardous fluids are disposed of through underground injection. The Underground Injection Control (UIC) program insures that these fluids are disposed of safely and cost effectively while protecting underground sources of drinking water. This illustrated booklet describes UIC basics and the minimum federal requirements for an effective UIC program.

DWBLPE133DL/Booklet: 40 pp. (2002)

Price: $0.00
 
Protecting Drinking Water Through Wellhead Protection
Minnesota Department of Health, Division of Environmental Health, Source Water Protection Unit, Wellhead Protection Program

Drinking water wells become polluted when substances that are harmful to human health get into the groundwater. This pamphlet, as part of a statewide effort to protect public wells, describes some possible sources of drinking water pollution. Some typical action items in a wellhead protection plan are described.

DWBRPE390DL/Brochure: 2 pp. (1998)

Price: $0.00


 
Protecting Our Water Resources: A Guide for Source Protection of Drinking Water
Lakehead Region Conservation Authority

Source protection is the risk management of untreated surface water and groundwater that supplies community drinking water systems from contamination and overuse. The least costly way to protect water is to prevent water pollution and overuse from occurring in the first place. This booklet provides landowners with tips on taking responsibility for their actions that can impact source water.

DWBLPE360DL/Booklet: 12pp. (N/A)

Price: $0.00
 
Protecting Vulnerable People from Drinking Water Disease and Illness
Campaign for Safe and Affordable Drinking Water

This publication addresses drinking water concerns for vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people having a compromised immune system. Information on common drinkgawter contaminates such as Cryptosporidium and other microbes which cause waterborne illness, nitrates, lead and Trihalomethanes is presented in a question and answer format. The recommended actions to reduce or eliminate the risk of exposure to such contaminates are described.

DWFSPE315DL/Fact Sheet: 4 pp. (2002)

Price: $0.00


 
Protecting Well Water in Coastal Communities
NC State University, Cooperative Extension

This booklet discusses how to protect well water in coastal communities and includes information about determining a well's condition, the water's safety, and well maintenance.

DWBLPE438DL/Fact Sheet: 12 pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00
 
Protecting Your Water Quality Through a Farm & Home Assessment
USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service; USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service; U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

About 95 percent of the people who live in the country get water from groundwater or a rain water collection system. These systems can be very safe but must be properly constructed and maintained or they can become contaminated. This booklet helps rural homeowners determine how safe their water supply is from pollutants. By responding to the assessment questions, rural residents learn about proper pesticide and petroleum storage, household hazardous waste disposal, wastewater treatment and cistern maintenance.

DWBKPE351DL/Book: 79 pp. (NA)

Price: $0.00


 
Protecting Your Well
Water Systems Council, wellcare® Program

Private well owners are responsible for selecting a treatment option for correcting a water contamination event. This fact sheet offers information about choosing the best treatment option for any given situation. Tables provide information about specific contaminants and the treatment recommended for its removal and the estimated costs associated with these options.

DWFSPE420DL/Fact Sheet: 2pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00
 
Protecting Your Well and Wellhead
The University of Georgia, Cooperative Extension Service

Proper protection of your well and wellhead is essential for the health of your family, yourself, and your neighbors. This fact sheet describes the six principles of well head protection. Using these guide lines will help ensure the safety of your well water.

DWFSPE367DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00


 
Protecting Your Wellhead
Water Systems Council, wellcare® Program

The wellhead is the structure built over your well to protect its various parts. By protecting your wellhead, you will ensure the quality of your drinking water supply. This fact sheet advises well-owners about activities that can contaminate the water supply or damage the well itself.

DWFSPE415DL/Fact Sheet: 2pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00
 
Questions to Ask When Purchasing Home Water Treatment Equipment
University of Rhode Island, Cooperative Extension

Home water treatment service and supply companies and products promise to deliver drinking water that is safer than publicly treated water. This fact sheet helps educate consumers, listing types of equipment, their methods of treating water, and questions that will make for a more informed decision.

DWFSPE250DL/Fact Sheet: 4pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00


 
Radium in Your Drinking Water ( A Homeowner's Guide)
Maryland Department of the Environment

What are the health risks for radium ingestion? This fact sheet answers these questions and more for homeowners. This fact sheet to answer these questions about radium, possible health risks, and water testing and treatment options.

DWFSPE320DL/Fact Sheet: 6 pp. (2000)

Price: $0.00
 
Radon & Groundwater
Water Systems Council

This fact sheet explains radon and groundwater, how to test for radon, and ways to eliminate it from drinking water.

DWFSPE430DL/Fact Sheet: 2 pp. (2007)

Price: $0.00


 
Radon in Private Drinking Water Wells
University of Rhode Island, Cooperative Extension

Radon is a radioactive colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas. Although there currently is no drinking water standard for radon, the EPA recommends that action be taken when there is an elevated level of radon found in a home.

DWFSPE302DL/Fact Sheet: 4pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00
 
Removal of Iron and Manganese from Drinking Water - Technical Version
State of New Hampshire, Department of Environmental Services

This fact sheet covers methods to remove iron and manganese from drinking water. It discusses how to choose a home treatment system and the types of treatment system available.

DWFSPE440DL/Fact Sheet: 8 pp. (2010)

Price: $0.00


 
Reverse Osmosis for Home Treatment of Drinking Water
Michigan State University, Cooperative Extension Service

Reverse osmosis (RO) can effectively treat various contaminants from all major classes of drinking water pollutants, such as organic chemicals, inorganics, bacteria, and particulates. This fact sheet describes the treatment process; the components of a home RO treatment system; and operation, maintenance, and cost factors.

DWFSPE143DL/Fact Sheet: 4pp. (1990)

Price: $0.00
 
Reverse Osmosis Treatment of Drinking Water Supplies
University of Rhode Island, Cooperative Extension

Although reverse osmosis water treatment systems vary by manufacturer, this illustrated fact sheet explains the general operation and maintenance of these household water treatment units.

DWFSPE304DL/Fact Sheet: 4pp. (2003)

Price: $0.00


 
Safe Drinking Water Act Underground Injection Control (UIC) Program--Protecting Public Health and Drinking Water Resources
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

Each year Americans generate large amounts of waste fluids. More than 750 billion gallons of hazardous and non-hazardous fluids are disposed safely through underground injection. The Underground Injection control (UIC) program is designed to protect underground sources of drinking water while providing a safe means of waste disposal. This poster shows the various classes of underground injection wells graphically and explains how these wells work to protect public health.

DWPSPE346DL/Poster: 2pp. (2001)

Price: $0.00
 
Safe Drinking Water Act: Glossary
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Water

This fact sheet lists drinking water terms, such as pathogens, microbes, source water, and turbidity, and their definitions for consumers.

DWFSPE142DL/Fact Sheet: 3 pp. (1999)

Price: $0.00

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