NGWA-led week takes place March 6 to 12
The International Bottled Water Assn. (IBWA) this week sponsored of National Groundwater Awareness Week from March 6 to 12. The annual commemoration is led by the National Ground Water Assn. (NGWA) in Westerville, Ohio.
NGWA’s Ground Water Awareness Week Web page provides action steps people can take in two categories: groundwater protection and groundwater conservation. The public, particularly well owners, can learn more about groundwater stewardship at www.wellowner.org. This NGWA site contains information about groundwater protection and water testing and treatment.
For families, businesses or farms relying on wells, it is doubly important to protect groundwater resources. Well owners must manage their own water systems, so it is paramount to protect underground water from contamination and to use the water wisely by not wasting it.
On average, America use 79.6 billion gal of groundwater per day, according to NGWA. That is the equivalent of every person in our country consuming 2,923 12-oz glasses of water everyday.
Agricultural irrigation is by far the largest user of groundwater in America, consuming 53.5 billion gal of groundwater each day. Spring and artesian bottled waters are well-known users of groundwater, but annual withdrawals for bottled water production amount to only 2/100 of 1% of America’s total renewable groundwater supplies. This small amount is mitigated by constant recharge from rain and snow, but it is still important that groundwater sources be protected and free from potential contaminants.
Groundwater is a renewable natural resource that is replenished through the hydrologic cycle. The duration of the replenishment cycle is influenced by weather patterns, recharge areas, and characteristics, geologic settings and other site-specific factors. When developing and using water resources, it is essential that use is balanced with the replenishment cycle and the requirements of the regional demand for the resource.