Kate Cline is editor-in-chief of WQP. Cline can be reached at [email protected] or 847.391.1007.
This week on Sept. 10, the industry marked Protect Your Groundwater Day. Industry organizations from the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) to the National Ground Water Assn. took the opportunity to remind well users to test their water regularly – an important message in this country, considering that 40 million residents rely on private wells for drinking water, according to WQA.
Regular testing is only the beginning – there are many factors that go into ensuring that water drawn from wells is safe to drink. Regular maintenance of equipment associated with a well, from pumps to treatment systems, also is crucial.
When discussing groundwater protection, we need to think not only of what we are taking from the ground, but also what we are putting in it. Septic systems, improperly stored or dumped chemicals and storm water runoff are all hazards that could result in contaminants seeping into groundwater aquifers.
This week may celebrate Protect Your Groundwater Day, but with so many factors affecting it, groundwater quality should be a top consideration year-round.