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The average American uses about 90 gallons of water per day. The average European uses 53 gallons per day, and the average sub-Saharan citizen uses 3-5 gallons.

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VAHWQP Drinking Water Clinic Summary Infographics

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Popular Press and Journal Articles

  • FEATURED! Well Maintenance, Ground and Surface Water, and Well Drilling on Pulse of the Planet!
  • Watch video about VAHWQP and VWON featured on Virginia Tech website
  • New Human and Agricultural Biosciences Building (home of BSE Water Quality Lab) featured on NPR!
  • Peer-reviewed journal articles relating to VAHWQP:
    • Allevi, et al., 2013. Quantitative analysis of microbial contamination in private drinking water supply systems. Journal of Water and Health 11.2 pp 244-255. doi: 10.2166/wh.2013.152.
    • Benham, et al., 2016. What's in your water? Development and Evaluation of the Virginia Household Water Quality Program and Virginia Master Well Owner Network. Journal of Human Sciences and Extension. Volume 4, Number 1. pp 123-138.
    • Pieper, et al., 2015. Profiling Private Water Systems to Identify Patterns of Waterborne Lead Exposure. Environmental Science and Technology. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b03174
      Environ. Sci. Technol. 2015, 49, 12697−12704.
    • Pieper, et al., 2015. Incidence of waterborne lead in private drinking water systems in Virginia. Journal of Water and Health 13.3. pp 897-908. doi: 10.2166/wh.2015.275.
    • Pieper et al. 2016. Quantifying lead leaching potential from plumbing exposed to aggressive waters. Journal-American Water Works Association 108 (9), E458-468.
    • Pieper et al. 2016. Simultaneous Influence of Geology and System Design on Drinking Water Quality in Private Systems. Journal of Environmental Health 79 (2), E1-E9.
    • Smith, et al., 2014. Associations between fecal indicator bacteria prevalence and demographic data in private water supplies in Virginia. Journal of Water and Health 12.4 pp 824-834. doi: 10.2166/wh.2014.026

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