Local Health Studies

Unwell Water Series

A 3 paper series by Kyle Bagenstose

Unwell Water Series

Kyle Bagenstose


My reporting appears in three papers, owned by GateHouse Media, with a combined Sunday circulation of approximately 85,000: The Bucks County Courier Times(Levittown, Pa.), The Intelligencer (Doylestown, Pa.) and The Burlington County Times (Willingboro, N.J.).

My work includes an ongoing investigative series on contamination of local drinking water supplies by unregulated chemicals. The series, “Unwell Water,” has received national recognition, winning second place for in-depth reporting from the Society of Environmental Journalists in 2017. The series also won the G. Richard Dew Award for Journalistic Service, the top journalism honor bestowed by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association.

Unwell Water has triggered action by a slew of local, state, and federal officials, including Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf and both of the state’s sitting U.S. Senators. Click the following links to hear me discuss the series on Philadelphia’s NPR affiliate, WHYY: 3/10/165/20/165/26/17,and 7/17/17.

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TangenT ArT

The Weight of Water is the first in a series of artworks that is an interactive meditation on toxicity and trust inspired by ground water contamination in the Philadelphia metropolitan region.

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PFAS Testing

Was I exposed

Learn about PFAS exposure in our local area. Stemming from the The Willow Grove Navel Air Base and Air Reserve Station in Horsham PA . Surrounding areas are at risk for exposure.

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Next Steps for Suspected exposure

If you suspect you may have been exposed to PFAS or your water supply is at risk then follow our steps for navigating testing procedures and to learn about what to expect during the process.

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