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Private Water Systems Handbook

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The following abstract describes a publication that is only available for purchase. A link to ordering information is on this page.

MWPS14 coverMidWest Plan Service

For anyone living in a rural area, the newly revised fifth edition of MWPS14 Private Water Systems Handbook is a must. A well-designed and maintained water system is not only essential for your health and well-being, but also improves the value of your home. This latest edition provides complete information about sampling and testing water to ensure safety.

Discussions include water reducing modern appliances, reverse osmosis water treatment systems, selection, design, use of PEX modern piping systems, and energy-saving equipment; such as on-demand hot water heating systems and variable speed well pumps. Maintenance of a quality water system is also addressed. Not only are wells discussed, but also use of cisterns, springs and ponds to provide water to the home or farm. First published in 1968, Private Water Systems was one of the first comprehensive handbooks for users of private water systems, providing a thorough coverage of how home and farms could be assured of obtaining adequate water from wells, cistern, springs and ponds.

This well-illustrated, two-color handbook addresses water quantity and sources. Detailed drawings clarify description.


  • Building
  • Repairing
  • Maintaining quality water system
  • Not municipal system
  • Planning for water use
  • Wells, cisterns, springs and ponds that provide water to the home or farm
  • Pumps
  • Maintining pressure in the system
  • Water distribution
  • Water quality and testing
  • Water treatment
  • Water protection


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