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National Groundwater Awareness Week

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This year, we are speaking up for groundwater. Our most valuable and precious resource needs advocates who understand the importance groundwater plays in our lives and community. Any resource taken for granted is a resource at risk of being lost, which is why we are dedicating National Groundwater Awareness Week 2021 to the advocacy of groundwater safety and protection and increasing its access across the country. 

The first step in advocacy is almost always education. How do we educate our friends, families, and leaders about the role of groundwater? How do we teach our neighbors about the importance of proper groundwater management, remediation, and increase awareness of water testing in private water systems? How do we ensure our voice is heard? It all starts with you, and we are excited to work with our partners this year in providing materials and opportunities to help them advocate and support the importance of groundwater in their community. Because if we don’t speak up for groundwater, who will?

National Groundwater Awareness Week 2021



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Inspire

You can help inspire the next generation of groundwater professionals with an Awesome Aquifer kit.


Awesome Aquifer KitGroundwater professionals encompass many different occupations within the industry, including well water drillers, hydrogeologists, engineers, groundwater scientists, and educators.

The Awesome Aquifer Kit is a fun and educational groundwater kit with everything you need to build an aquifer model. Instructions and activity supplies are included to walk you through learning all about groundwater. 

The kit is great for use in classrooms, at community events, at festivals or fairs, or any other educational setting. Both youth and adults love the hands-on nature of the activities!

Get yours at awesomeaquifer.com.

Learn more about the Groundwater Foundation's educational resources at https://www.groundwater.org/kids.

bullhorn  10 Ways to Protect and Conserve Groundwater

  1. Go Native

    Use native plants in your landscape. They look great, and don't need much water or fertilizer. Also choose grass varieties for your lawn that are adapted for your region's climate, reducing the need for extensive watering or chemical applications.

  2. Reduce Chemical Use

    Use fewer chemicals around your home and yard, and make sure to dispose of them properly - don't dump them on the ground!

  3. Manage Waste

    Properly dispose of potentially toxic substances like unused chemicals, pharmaceuticals, paint, motor oil, and other substances. Many communities hold household hazardous waste collections or sites - contact your local health department to find one near you.

  4. Don't Let It Run

    Shut off the water when you brush your teeth or shaving, and don't let it run while waiting for it to get cold. Keep a pitcher of cold water in the fridge instead.

  5. Fix the Drip

    Check all the faucets, fixtures, toilets, and taps in your home for leaks and fix them right away, or install water conserving models.

  6. Wash Smarter

    Limit yourself to just a five minute shower, and challenge your family members to do the same! Also, make sure to only run full loads in the dish and clothes washer.

  7. Water Wisely

    Water the lawn and plants during the coolest parts of the day and only when they truly need it. Make sure you, your family, and your neighbors obey any watering restrictions during dry periods.

  8. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

    Reduce the amount of "stuff" you use and reuse what you can. Recycle paper, plastic, cardboard, glass, aluminum and other materials.

  9. Natural Alternatives

    Use all natural/nontoxic household cleaners whenever possible. Materials such as lemon juice, baking soda, and vinegar make great cleaning products, are inexpensive, and environmentally-friendly.

  10. Learn and Do More!

    Get involved in water education! Learn more about groundwater and share your knowledge with others.