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Saint Vincent College senior recognized for water quality research

Jamie Martines
| Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 2:03 p.m.
Saint Vincent College senior Haley Adams won the top prize among 175 research projects presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences in March for her work, “The Relationship of Water Quality and Season for Privately-Owned Water in Southwest Pennsylvania.”
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Saint Vincent College senior Haley Adams won the top prize among 175 research projects presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences in March for her work, “The Relationship of Water Quality and Season for Privately-Owned Water in Southwest Pennsylvania.”

What's in your well water?

Saint Vincent College senior Haley Adams wanted to find out.

Adams, a biology major, tested well water from volunteer homeowners in Indiana and Westmoreland Counties for bacteria and chemicals. Her efforts earned her the top prize among 175 research projects presented at the annual meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Sciences in March for her work, "The Relationship of Water Quality and Season for Privately-Owned Water in Southwest Pennsylvania."

According to her research, many of the wells in the area have not been tested in several years and could benefit from regular professional testing.

After graduation, Adams, of Saltsburg, plans to continue to pursue a career in public health and has been accepted to a master's degree program in nursing at Case Western Reserve University.

Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at jmartines@tribweb.com, 724-850-2867 or on Twitter @Jamie_Martines.

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