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No need to chase waterfalls — here's where Penn State’s water comes from

11/21/2019

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  • If you’ve ever been to the HUB-Robeson Center, the gym or the hallway outside your dorm, you’ve probably seen a water fountain or two. But where does all of Penn State’s drinking water come from, and should students be concerned about its quality?

    Demian Saffer, a Penn State professor in the geosciences department, specializes in geohydrology — the branch of science that deals with underground water. One of his areas of expertise is groundwater flow.

    “Penn State is kind of fortunate that we have a pretty high quality groundwater resource. We don’t rely on surface water, like creeks, streams or lakes for the water supply. It comes from wells and the aquifer, or the formation where the water is stored and flows through,” Saffer said. “[Penn State’s aquifer] is fractured limestone, which is a rock that underlies Happy Valley, Penns Valley and basically all of Central Pennsylvania.”  More

     

 

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