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SAFER PA Releases Handbook for Private Water

Well Owners in Pennsylvania


Now Available


3/7/14 Bridgeville, PA
The Shale Alliance for Energy Research, Pennsylvania (SAFER PA), an independent, not-for-profit organization committed to advancing technology, analysis and education supporting safe and sustainable development of the Commonwealth’s shale resources, today made available the “Pennsylvania Water Well Handbook.”
It is estimated that over one million private water wells are utilized in the Commonwealth and produce over a half billion gallons of water per day for residents across the state. In particular, most rural Pennsylvania homes have water produced from private suppliers; yet, information regarding the function of private water supply and how to best manage it is noticeably insufficient. In response to the lack of available information, SAFER PA developed the handbook as a comprehensive yet concise public service resource.
The objective of this handbook is to provide a straight-forward overview of Pennsylvania private water suppliers, including details on the state’s natural water cycle, aquifers, water quality issues, best management practices for water well sitting and construction, and water quality protection. Additionally, the handbook explains laboratory reports and describes improvement of water quality when needed. Useful references for more detailed information on specific topics are also included.
SAFER PA’s “Pennsylvania Water Well Handbook” will be an invaluable resource to well owners, the gas industry and regulators. It will be distributed widely in both hard copy and online.
For more information on SAFER PA or to obtain copies of the handbook, visit
Shale Alliance for Energy Research Pennsylvania (SAFER PA)
SAFER PA is an independent, not-for-profit organization formed to conduct impactful shale research and analysis in Pennsylvania. SAFER PA works collaboratively with government, environmental organizations, academia, the natural gas industry, and other stakeholders to achieve responsible, safe, and sustainable development of Pennsylvania’s shale resource by advancing technologies, analyses, and processes that ensure environmentally sound energy production.