TT034 – Leveraging Passion to Protect Public Health

Pennsylvania has no statewide well construction code or other private well regulations, but this suburban Philadelphia county is one of a small number leading the way to greater public health protection in the state. In this episode we’re chatting with Kyle Schmeck about the Montgomery County program and the lessons he has learned.

Topics Discussed

“Groundwater and public health may not be protected throughout the rest of the state, but it is in Chester, Montgomery, and Bucks.”

Kyle Schmeck

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About the Guest

Kyle Schmeck earned a Batchelor’s of Science degree in Environmental Resources Management from Penn State University and a Master’s of Science degree in Environmental Health from Temple University. He worked as an Environmental Protection Specialist/Sewage Enforcement Officer for one year at Chester County Health Department and a Water Quality Specialist for 4.5 years with the PA Department of Environmental Resources. Kyle currently works as the Director of Water Quality Management with the Montgomery County, PA Office of Public Health. He has been with the county for nearly 32 years, working across many environmental programs: on-lot sewage system permitting, private water supply permitting, NPDES inspections, surface and groundwater contamination response, microbiological laboratory services, water table monitoring, sewage hauler inspections, waterborne outbreak response (including Legionella), wastewater surveillance, and other non-water-related complaint response.