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

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