RCAP Gets Behind Protect Your Groundwater Day September 9

September 9, 2014 | Water Quality

Extended droughts in California and Texas have put the spotlight on a critical resource of importance to every person—groundwater. Today, on Protect Your Groundwater Day, the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) urges the public to act to safeguard groundwater.

Groundwater makes up 99 percent of all available fresh water 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 gallons of water a day for agriculture and supports the environment.

Started by the National Ground Water Association, Protect Your Groundwater Day is the perfect time for every household to act to protect this resource. The Protect Your Groundwater web page, www.NGWA.org/PYGWD, provides ways citizens can protect groundwater from overuse or contamination. Here are a few suggestions from RCAP:

Everyone

When it comes to hazardous household substances:

  • 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:

If you own a water well

To learn more about groundwater protection, visit www.WellOwner.org and access online lessons on groundwater protection, using water wisely, and decommissioning abandoned wells; and view a recorded webinar about groundwater protection.

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NGWA, is a nonprofit organization composed of U.S. and international groundwater professionals. It is dedicated to advancing groundwater knowledge. NGWA's vision is to be the leading groundwater association that advocates the responsible development, management, and use of water.