National Groundwater Awareness Week begins
The following is information is from NGWA https://www.ngwa.org
This year’s theme, Think, was designed to urge each of us to consider various ways we can protect our most valuable natural resource. So Think about not running the water while you brush your teeth. Or Think about getting that leaking faucet fixed. Think about the farmers that rely on groundwater to grow the food we eat. And Think about having your well inspected to protect your drinking water system. In short, during #GWAW, Think about our future.
In the weeks leading up to #GWAW, NGWA encourages everyone to become official “groundwater protectors” by taking steps to conserve and protect the resource. Businesses, individuals, educators, students, federal agencies, cities, associations, and everyone in between can ask to be added to NGWA’s groundwater protector list through its website or on social media. Have an awesome story to tell? Great! Send it to NGWA and they might highlight your efforts.
Approximately 132 million Americans rely on groundwater for drinking water. It is used for irrigation, livestock, manufacturing, mining, thermoelectric power, and several additional purposes, making it one of the most widely used and valuable natural resources we have. Consider the following facts:
· Americans use 79.6 billion gallons of groundwater each day.
· Groundwater is 20 to 30 times larger than all U.S. lakes, streams, and rivers combined.
· 44 percent of the U.S. population depends on groundwater for its drinking water supply.
· More than 13.2 million households have their own well, representing 34 million people.
Lets do this!