NGWA Offers Action Steps for Protect Your Groundwater Day

Sept. 9, 2015
Protect Your Groundwater Day was Sept. 8, 2015

The National Ground Water Assn. encourages every person to protect public health and the health of the environment by protecting groundwater, beginning on Protect Your Groundwater Day.

In the U.S., 39.4% of the population regularly depends on groundwater, and 38.5 million Americans rely on privately owned and operated household water wells for their drinking water supply. Another 87.1 million residents rely on groundwater-supplied community water systems.

For household water well owners, managing the well system and one’s property can make a difference in water quality. People who do not use household wells also can make a difference in groundwater quality—for instance, by how they store, use and dispose of hazardous household substances, or how well they maintain their septic systems.

Additionally, with drought gripping parts of the country, protecting groundwater through conservation is more important than ever.

Protect Your Groundwater Day is an occasion for every citizen to ACT — acknowledge the issue, consider how it applies to you, and then take action. Here are some action steps individuals can take.

Acknowledge the causes of preventable groundwater contamination

Everyone:

If you own a water well:

  • Wellheads should be a safe distance from potential contamination
  • Septic system malfunctions can pollute groundwater
  • Poorly constructed or maintained wells can facilitate contamination
  • Improperly abandoned wells can lead to groundwater contamination

Consider which apply to you

Everyone:

  • What specific hazardous substances are in and around your home?
  • Where do you and your family use the most water?

If you own a water well:

Take action to prevent groundwater contamination

Everyone:

If you own a water well:

Source: National Ground Water Assn.

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