Protect Your Groundwater Day is Sept. 9, 2014
Extended drought in California and Texas have put the spotlight on a critical resource of importance to every person—groundwater. The Water Quality Assn. (WQA) is urging the public to pitch in on Protect Your Groundwater Day Sept. 9, 2014.
Groundwater makes up 99% of all available freshwater in the world and is connected from beneath to most surface water bodies.
Groundwater is out of sight and out of mind for most people. Yet groundwater is the source water supply for 13 million households on private water wells in America. It also supplies much of the water to our country's more than 40,000 community water systems. Not only that, it supplies 53.5 billion gal of water a day for agriculture and supports the environment.
Started by the National Ground Water Assn., Protect Your Groundwater Day is the perfect time for every household to act to protect this resource. The Protect Your Groundwater website provides ways citizens can protect groundwater from overuse or contamination. The WQA offers a few suggestions:
- Store them properly in a secure place
- Use them according to the manufacturer's recommendations
- Dispose of them safely (if in doubt as to how, contact your local waste authority)
When it comes to water conservation:
- Modify your water use
- Install a water-saving device (i.e. a water-efficient appliance or faucet and showerhead flow restrictors)
If you own a water well: