Use of Contaminant Mobility and Transport Parameters to Determine Water Testing Protocol

by Paul D. Robillard, Penn State Univ, University Park, United States,
Perry B. Kubek, Penn State Univ, University Park, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Resources Planning and Management: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions


By 1994, EPA plans to regulate 83 contaminants in public water supplies. For rural communities and individuals who are not classified as public systems, the cost to monitor all 83 contaminants is prohibitive. This paper will review some options available to small rural communities and owners of individual water supply systems. A rational water testing protocol which minimizes the risk of drinking contaminated water is presented. Using information about the health effects of contaminants and the likelihood of contaminants entering groundwater within delineated recharge areas, it is possible to establish water testing patterns which allow for testing of the more likely contamination problems.

Subject Headings: Pollutants | Water supply systems | Parameters (statistics) | Rural areas | Groundwater pollution | Groundwater quality | Groundwater supply | Water quality

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