Water Quality Help

Documents for Understanding Water Quality

A document from the PennState Cooperative Extension, College of Agricultural Sciences, that helps you understand everything about getting your water tested by certified labs, understanding the reports, units, drinking water standards, and common pollutants ranging from microbial to inorganics, VOCs, organics, etc.

A document from the EPA describing maximum water limits for a wide variety of contaminates and minerals, including disinfectants, inorganic chemicals, organic chemicals, microorganisms, radionuclides, pH, TDS, foaming agents, and other metals.

Water Monitoring Documents

Learn how to use this water probe and calibrate the handheld instrument. This page includes step-by-step instructions, printable help, and video.

Understanding basic water chemistry via TDS and pH is important to water monitoring. Here you can learn about how both TDS and pH can affect stream water quality and ecosystem health.

Created by Dickinson College ALLARM, this document is a good resource for volunteers to write down their water quality data while in the field. Volunteers can fill in data on water quality, stream name, location, date, recent weather conditions, stream width and depth, last calibration, etc.

Created by Dickinson College ALLARM, this document is a good resource for volunteers to assess streams for gas drilling related disturbances. This can include checking for water color, smell, indications of sediment or waste drainage, spills, or gas leaks.

Created by Dickinson College ALLARM, this document is a resource for volunteers in the event of possible impact on a stream. Volunteers are asked to double check water quality as well as fill and send bottle (supplied by Lawrence & Mercer ALLARM) to Dickinson College ALLARM. We will reimburse you for any mailing fees.