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The Yale WATER Study

What is the study goal?

The goal of The Yale WATER Study is to understand the impacts (if any) of unconventional oil and gas development on drinking-water quality in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia while evaluating other factors that may influence drinking water chemistry in these locations.

An example of a research assistant collecting a water sample from a faucet in a home.

What are the study elements?

Data collection: analyzing water samples to characterize the chemistry of household drinking water.

Hydrologic modeling: simulating the movement of chemicals through groundwater systems to understand how natural processes, industrial activities, and other human activities could affect drinking-water quality now and in the future.

Epidemiological analysis: exploring relationships between indicators of drinking-water quality and the health of children, while accounting for other factors.

What are we doing now?

In summer 2019, we collected drinking water from homes in Belmont and Monroe Counties in Ohio, and surrounding areas. In summer 2018, we collected water in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. Sample and data analysis are underway.

What's on tap (so to speak)?

In the Fall of 2020, we are planning to collect water from homes in Wetzel County and surrounding areas in West Virginia. For the safety of the community in West Virginia we plan to visit and our team, we are considering all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic carefully.

Principal Investigators

Funding Information

This research project is a National Priority Research Project under EPA Grant Assistant Agreement No. CR839249.