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Water Quality

Increasing public understanding of the dynamics of ground water is a momentous challenge to Cooperative Extension. The quality of public water supplies is regulated by the Safe Drinking Water Act. However, the quality of private drinking water supplies (wells and springs) remains the responsibility of the homeowner. The protection and quality of private drinking water supplies has been a focus of the Water Quality Extension Program in the College of Human Ecology at Cornell.

Explore our educational programs below and our downloadable factsheets.

  • Water Testing and Treatment-- helps consumers to identify specific water quality problems and make knowledgeable decisions for purchasing home water treatment devices. A series of fact sheets are available.

  • Septic System Maintenance--educates homeowners about the proper care and maintenance of their septic systems. Fact sheets, brochures, and videos are available.

  • Household Hazardous Products-- educates consumers about the proper use, storage, and safe disposal of household cleaning products and other potentially hazardous chemicals.

If you are interested in contacting the Water Quality Extension Program, please e-mail us or call (607)255-3151 or fax (607)255-1093 with your questions or comments.