Potable Water Issues Potable Water

NAPS monitors well water, reservoirs and and artesian aquifer issues, as clean, potable water becomes more scarce.

Shallow Well Water

About a quarter of our citizens use shallow wells that tap the shallow, or water-table aquifer. Although the water is commonly acid and can contain iron, properly constructed and maintained wells can provide a sustainable supply of potable domestic water for scattered homes. Learn more...

Our Artesian Aquifers

Two artesian aquifers beneath Northumberland and Lancaster Counties provide potable water for about 75% of our citizens. Water from both artesian aquifers is being withdrawn at an unsustainable rate. But problems also exist with the water quality in the two aquifers, and ultimately, continued withdrawal of water from the deep aquifer will further degrade water quality. Learn more...

Reservoirs

Both Northumberland and Lancaster Counties face a looming water crisis. Our two sources of artesian water are being consumed at an unsustainable rate, and the water quality in both artesian supplies is locally problematic for some citizens. Learn more...