(WESTERVILLE, OH — December 12, 2012) From brownfield cleanups and aquifer storage to geothermal heat pumps and drinking water systems, federal investment in groundwater-related infrastructure could provide a substantial boost to the public and the economy, the National Ground Water Association said today.
In a position paper developed by the Association, NGWA said the groundwater industry is “poised to help move the nation forward” in ensuring its long-term water and energy needs are met.
“Focused, informed federal government policies and funding that support 21st century infrastructure can assist in achieving a secure water and energy future while providing jobs for groundwater professionals,” NGWA said.
The groundwater industry employs more than 200,000 individuals. They are involved in water well and pump installation and service, environmental consulting, remediation, education, and the manufacturing and distribution of products.
More specifically, NGWA recommends:
“There is nothing more important to human life and economic development than the availability of a dependable supply of water and energy,” said NGWA Executive Director Kevin B. McCray, CAE. “NGWA vigorously recommends that our nation strengthen this foundation through meaningful investment in water and energy infrastructure. The benefits of such investments will flow to the public.”
NGWA, a nonprofit organization composed of U.S. and international groundwater professionals — contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, scientists, and engineers — 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.
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