GROUNDWATER AWARENESS WEEK IS THE TIME TO DO YOUR PART

Take Action Locally to Have a Big Impact

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Jennifer Wemhoff, 402-434-2740 ext. 107, jwemhoff@groundwater.org       


LINCOLN, NE (March 3, 2013) – Groundwater. As the word suggests, it’s the water that’s hidden beneath our feet in the cracks and crevices of rocks and sands beneath the Earth’s surface.

We all rely on groundwater in some way, whether it’s the water that we drink, grows our food, supplies industries, or nourishes communities. It’s a resources that connects us all. With that in mind, The Groundwater Foundation recognizes National Groundwater Awareness Week (March 5-11, 2017) as part of its mission to connect people, businesses, and communities through local groundwater education and action, making us all part of the solution for clean, sustainable groundwater.

According to the National Groundwater Association (NGWA), sponsor of National Groundwater Awareness Week, the United States uses 79.6 billion gallons per day of fresh groundwater for public supply, private supply, irrigation, livestock, manufacturing, mining, thermoelectric power, and other purposes. Irrigation accounts for the largest use of groundwater in the United States, about 67.2 percent of all the groundwater pumped each day. Some 53.5 billion gallons of groundwater are used daily for agricultural irrigation. Groundwater is tapped through wells placed in water-bearing soils and rocks beneath the surface of the Earth. There are nearly 15.9 million of these wells serving households, cities, business, and agriculture every day. Groundwater also provides much of the flow of many streams, adding 492 billion gallons of water per day to U.S. surface water bodies.

This resource is vital to the health of communities everywhere, but is constantly threatened by overuse and contamination. You can be part of the solution by making small changes that cumulatively have a big impact:

  • Conserve water inside and outside your home by taking short showers instead of baths, running full loads of dishes and laundry, checking for and repairing leaky faucets and fixtures, watering outdoors only when necessary, and using native plants in your landscaping that require less water.
  • Track your daily water use to identify where you can use less. Try the free 30by30 app and start tracking today (www.groundwater.org/action/home/30by30.html)
  • Always follow label instructions for household chemicals, and look for ways to decrease or eliminate fertilizer and pesticide usage.
  • Dispose of chemicals properly by taking them to recycling centers or household hazardous waste collections.
  • If you have a private well on your property, have the well inspected by a licensed water well contractor and the water tested once a year for coliform bacteria, nitrates, and any other contaminants of local concern.
  • Find out about your community’s drinking water source and mobilize to protect it. The Groundwater Guardian program (www.groundwater.org/action/community/guardian.html) is a good place to get started.
  • Teach others about ways to protect and preserve groundwater.

National Groundwater Awareness Week is a great time to start doing your part. For more information about The Groundwater Foundation and how you can get involved, visit www.groundwater.org or call 1-800-858-4844, or visit our friends at NGWA at www.ngwa.org.

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The Groundwater Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Lincoln, Nebraska with a mission to connect people, businesses, and communities through local groundwater education and action, making us all part of the solution for clean, sustainable groundwater. Since its inception in 1985, the Foundation has offered various education and action opportunities for youth and adults. To learn more, visit www.groundwater.org.


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