About NGWA

Contact information

National Ground Water Association
601 Dempsey Road
Westerville, Ohio 43081-8978
phone (614) 898-7791, toll-free within the United States (800) 551-7379
fax (614) 898-7786
email ngwa@ngwa.org

Our slogan

The industry leader for groundwater and its professionals

Our member value statement

We provide our members with the tools and education to grow successful businesses and careers.

Founding date

1948 (as National Water Well Association; name changed in 1991)

Our mission

NGWA is a community of groundwater professionals working together to advance groundwater knowledge and the success of our members through education and outreach; advocacy; cooperation and information exchange; and enhancement of professional practices.

Our vision

NGWA's vision is to be the leading groundwater association advocating the responsible development, management, and use of water.

Our goals

  • NGWA and its members will use its outstanding scientific and technical leadership, knowledge, and resources to pursue innovation, model best practices, and improve the business climate for the groundwater industry.
  • NGWA will be a credible, valued resource on significant and timely issues that impact the groundwater industry and public access to safe, sustainable groundwater.
  • Our community will grow and benefit from the participation of all groundwater professionals.
  • Through NGWA’s efforts, the public will be confident there is a sustainable groundwater resource for domestic, municipal, industrial, ecological, and agricultural uses.

Our values

  • We believe the whole of NGWA is greater than the sum of its parts.
  • We share a commitment to the informed, responsible, and sustainable use of groundwater.
  • We are a community of professionals who value diverse perspectives, and sharing and learning from experience and research.
  • We are responsive to our members’ needs and interests.


  • Associations Advance America Award — Haiti Relief Efforts — American Society of Association Executives
  • Achievement Award Technology — Drilling Cost Calculator — Ohio Society of Association Executives
  • Associations Advance America Award — Well Disinfection Guide for Tsunami Relief — American Society of Association Executives
  • Associations Advance America Award — Tote a Toy for a Kid Campaign, National Ground Water Research and Educational Foundation — American Society of Association Executives
  • Associations Advance America Award — Groundwater Awareness Week — American Society of Association Executives
  • Silver Award for Special Projects, website — Virtual Museum of Groundwater History — Association TRENDS
  • Numerous honors for NGWA periodicals