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Groundwater Foundation Donates $100,000 to Water Well Trust

Donation will fund drilling of water wells for low-income families across the U.S.

From left: Groundwater Foundation board Chair Jeffrey Williams, MGWC, CVCLD; Merritt Partridge, NGWA board President-Elect; Margaret Martens, Executive Director, Water Systems Council; Terry Morse, CAE, CIC, CEO, NGWA; David Henrich, CWD/PI, CVCLD, NGWA board Past President; Scott King, PG, P.Geo., LHG, NGWA board President.

(WESTERVILLE, OH — October 28, 2019) — The Groundwater Foundation (GF) presented the Water Well Trust (WWT) with a donation of $100,000 on October 24. The check was presented to the WWT by National Ground Water Association (NGWA) CEO Terry S. Morse, CAE, CIC.  

The donation will fund a joint effort by the WWT and GF to drill wells for low-income families across the United States who lack access to clean water. The program pays for the initial cost of drilling the well and participating families are given a 20-year 1% interest loan.

The $100,000 donation will fund the drilling of 10 wells in selected states. Drilling is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

“There is a tremendous need to help families struggling to make ends meet and they shouldn’t have to worry about access to clean, safe, affordable and sustainable water,” said Morse. “I’m thrilled we are partnering with the Water Well Trust to tackle this problem, we have a lot of work to do all across America.”

Currently, there are 2.9 million housing units lacking complete plumbing and access to clean, safe, affordable drinking water. 


About the Groundwater Foundation and Water Well Trust 

NGWA announced its merger with the non-profit Groundwater Foundation in May 2018.
NGWA and the Water Systems Council signed a five-year memorandum of understanding on December 3, 2018, that set a foundation for future collaborations between the organizations. 

The Water Well Trust is the nonprofit organization overseen by the Water Systems Council. Increasing access to clean water is one the first projects being worked on collectively by NGWA and WSC. 

For more information or additional comments please contact Ben Frech at or call (614) 898-7791, ext. 1570.

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