Happy Protect Your Groundwater Day!

 As people who are in areas of drought or groundwater contamination know, groundwater is a resource worth protecting.

Protect Your Groundwater Day

According to the National Ground Water Association (NGWA), there’s no better time to begin than Protect Your Groundwater Day on Tuesday, September 6.

This is particularly important for those who own a well to provide water for their family. While they’re largely seen in rural settings, wells can be found in suburban and urban communities. Protecting groundwater from contamination, caused by fertilizers, pesticides, spills, improperly maintained storage systems, etc., will help reduce risks to the entire water supply.

Another way to mitigate risks is to conserve water, whether that’s through the use of a TSV, purchasingWaterSense-labeled products, installing a smart irrigation controller, and the like.  After all, the second-largest user of groundwater in America (behind agricultural irrigation) is public use via public water systems or private household wells at a combined total of 18.3 billion gallons per day.

ACT — Acknowledge, Consider, Take Action

On Protect Your Groundwater Day, NGWA urges everyone to ACT.

1. Acknowledge the causes of preventable groundwater contamination

  • Notes for everyone: There are hazardous substances common to households; most household water use occurs in just a few areas (bathroom, kitchen) around the home
  • To know/do 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.

2. Consider which apply to you

  • Notes for everyone: What specific hazardous substances are in and around your home? Where do you and your family use the most water?
  • To know/do if you own a water well: Is your wellhead a safe distance from possible contamination? Is your well/septic system due for an inspection? Are there any abandoned wells on your property?

3. Take action to prevent groundwater contamination

  • Notes for everyone: Install a water-saving device. When it comes to hazardous household substances, store them properly in a secure place; use them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, and dispose of them safely. It’s a great idea to get a WERS verification for a thorough assessment of the water usage on your property. Based on the WERS Report, modify your water use

For a complete list of hints, tips and recommendations, please visit the official page for Protect Your Groundwater Day.