Environment
Share of Population on Compliant Water Systems


Share of Population on Compliant Water Systems

What does this measure?

The percentage of the population that receives drinking water through a community water system that meets all Pennsylvania health and safety standards. This indicates that the water is safe to drink, according to the state's regulatory standards.

Why is this important?

Water systems in Pennsylvania must meet state standards for microbiological, chemical and radiological contaminants, and are monitored for compliance. Water sources that are not monitored by the state or which fail to meet the standards pose a greater risk of exposure to these contaminants, which can cause waterborne diseases.

How is our county performing?

In 2016, 100% of the population in Erie County received drinking water from community water systems in compliance with state standards. This was higher than the state percentage of 94%. The county's percentage has been consistent (at 99%-100%) since 2012, while Pennsylvania's dropped from 97% in 2012 to 88% in 2013 before rebounding to 96% the following year.

How do we compare to similar counties?

Luzerne County, PA was similar to Erie in 2016, with 100% of its population receiving water from systems that met the state's standards.

Notes about the data

Comparable data for the nation and comparison counties outside Pennsylvania were unavailable because the state sets and monitors its own water quality standards.

Share of Population on Compliant Water Systems
20122013201420152016
Pennsylvania97%88%96%95%94%
Erie County, PA100%99%100%99%100%
Luzerne County, PA100%100%100%100%100%

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection




Number of People on Compliant Water Systems
20122013201420152016
Pennsylvania10,981,06310,066,46710,976,46710,793,18910,681,897
Erie County, PA287,290284,806287,490283,867287,490
Luzerne County, PA269,208269,208269,208269,133269,208

Source: Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection




INDICATORS TREND | ERIE COUNTY
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Employees Increasing
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Median Age Increasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Total Population Decreasing
Foreign Born Population Increasing
Household Types Not Applicable
Average Household Size Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Public Assistance Maintaining
Change in Average Salary Decreasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Unemployment Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Change in Employment by Sector Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
People Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty by Education Level Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Homeownership Rate by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Median Rent Maintaining
Student Performance in Grade 3 Reading Increasing
Student Performance in Grade 3 Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Maintaining
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Education Level of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Air Quality Increasing
Water Quality Maintaining
Recycling Tons Per Capita Maintaining
Solid Waste Per Capita Maintaining
Vehicles by Fuel Type Not Applicable
Mortality Rate Decreasing
Death from Heart Disease Decreasing
Death from Cancer Decreasing
Death from Stroke Decreasing
Death from Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease Increasing
Hypertension Prevalance Increasing
Diabetes Prevalence Increasing
Asthma Increasing
People Without Healthcare Coverage Decreasing
People Without a Primary Care Physician Increasing
Routine Checkups Increasing
People Who Cannot Afford Healthcare Decreasing
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Children Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Teens Who are Overweight or Obese Increasing
Adult Smokers Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Decreasing
Binge Drinking Maintaining
Infant Mortality Decreasing
Low Birth Weight Babies Increasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Non Smoking During Pregnancy Increasing
Early Prenatal Care Increasing