In operation since 2007, the River Alert Information Network (RAIN) is a regional Source Water Protection program that continuously monitor water quality on line, in near real time, to better ensure the protection of public health and drinking water across western Pennsylvania.  The network started with 33 water systems and 14 monitoring sites – one each located in the Allegheny, Shenango, Youghiogheny, and Ohio Rivers, while the troubled Monongahela River and its tributaries received 10 monitors in response to concerns over high levels of total dissolved solids, which created problems for industrial users and water suppliers in the fall of 2008. Funded by Source Water Protection Grant from the Water Resources Education Network and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, RAIN began to address the challenge of development and implementation of an early warning system to notify members downstream of potential problems while also archiving data for the future.

In early 2012, West Virginia joined the Network with 10- monitoring site along the Upper Monongahela with the help of grants provided by the US Environmental Protection Agency  and the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

Currently, a total of 29 monitoring sites and 47 actively participating public water suppliers within the Ohio River Basin in southwestern Pennsylvania and northern West Virginia.

For more information, see www.rainmatters.org.

Photos by:

  • RAIN – David Fulmer

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Penn’s Corner RC&D
River Walk Corporate Centre
33 Terminal Way, Suite 325 B
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: (412) 241-7645
Fax: (412) 242-6165