We all rely on groundwater in some way, and groundwater relies on us to protect it.
Every year, we ask our communities to promote and protect their groundwater supply and this year we are urging you to focus these efforts in your own backyard.
Ask yourself, when was the last time I tested my water? What actions have I taken to ensure my family’s water is safe and protected from contaminants? More than 43 million people—about 15 percent of the U.S. population—rely on domestic water wells as their source of drinking water and experts recommend having these systems inspected every year.
Protect Your Groundwater Day serves as an annual reminder for water well owners to test, tend, and treat their private water systems. NGWA encourages annual inspections of private water systems by certified water well contractors to ensure systems are operating correctly and producing safe and healthy water.
Today IS the day to take action and take the first step on to protecting your groundwater!
ACT — acknowledge, consider, take action
Use this day to begin doing your part for protecting one of our most important natural resources — groundwater.
1. Acknowledge the causes of preventable groundwater contamination
These are common to households
Most household water use occurs in a few areas around the home
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