Planning to Protect Private Water Supplies

APA Pennsylvania Chapter


Wednesday, January 17, 2018
noon - 1:15 p.m. EST

CM | 1.25

Add to My Log


Private water wells and springs are vital to the rural water infrastructure in Pennsylvania providing drinking water to approximately three million rural residents and farms. Because Pennsylvania lacks state regulations covering private water supplies, their proper management becomes the voluntary responsibility of rural homeowner who often lack a proper understanding of their management. In the absence of state regulations and proper voluntary measures, some municipalities have attempted to fill the gap by enacting local ordinances for private water systems.


This webinar will provide results from over 30 years of research and outreach at Penn State to help planners understand private drinking water supplies and available resources for municipalities and homeowners.


Webinar participants will   


1) Understand the types of private water supplies and their construction along with common water quality problems and applicable water treatment processes.

2) Understand innovative tools and resources available from Penn State Extension to help municipalities and rural residents properly manage private drinking water supplies.

3) Understand how municipalities can assist homeowners in preventing contaminated water supplies in their community


Peter Wulfhorst, AICP

Peter Wulfhorst AICP is an Economic & Community Development Extension Educator with Penn State Extension. Prior to his work with Extension, Peter worked in the Pike County, PA planning office from 1986 – 1999. Peter is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and PA Chapter of the American Planning ... Read More

Bryan Swistock

Bryan Swistock is a Water Resources Extension Specialist in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Ecosystem Science and Management at Penn State University. He received a bachelor degree in Environmental Health from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master degree in Environmental Pollution Control from Penn State University. For ... Read More

Contact Info

Susan Shermer,