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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?

Social Media Graphics

Your involvement and passion during the week is what makes GWAW so successful, and we have put together social media graphics to share.

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Click here to view and download the official 2021 National Groundwater Awareness Week social media graphics and logos
2021 National Groundwater Awareness Week

Facts about groundwater 

  • The Oglalla Aquifer stretches more than 450,000 square kilometers (174,000 square miles) through parts of the U.S. states of South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, according to National Geographic. The Oglalla Aquifer holds more than 3,000 cubic kilometers (2.4 billion acre-feet) of groundwater.
  • The average household's leaks can account for nearly 10,000 gallons of water wasted every year, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Ten percent of homes have leaks that waste 90 gallons or more per day, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Of the estimated 29 billion gallons of water used daily by households in the US, nearly 9 billion gallons, or 30 percent, is devoted to outdoor water use, according to EPA’s WaterSense program. In the hot summer months, or in dry climates, a household's outdoor water use can be as high as 70 percent.
  • The United States uses 82.3 billion gallons per day of fresh groundwater for public supply, private supply, irrigation, livestock, manufacturing, mining, thermoelectric power, and other purposes, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

 

Get involved

During GWAW, we encourage you to contact your state and federal representatives and urge them to protect groundwater in your area!

Click Here to Find and Contact Your State Legislator.

Click Here to Find and Contact Your Member of Congress and Senator.


We encourage you to contact your state and federal representatives and urge them to  protect groundwater in your area!

Learn more about your state

Want to know more about your state's groundwater usage? Click here.

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Tips for practicing Groundwater Awareness Week in your home, courtesy of WellOwner.org

  • Why Is a Checkup Important? A properly constructed and maintained household-supply well will provide you with many years of quality service. Routine inspection of a water well system can help ensure it is operating properly, prolong its useful life, and protect your investment. Most importantly, inspections can protect your health by discovering issues that could result in water quality problems presenting a health risk.
  • Keep hazardous chemicals, such as paint, fertilizer, pesticides, and motor oil far away from your well, and maintain a “clean” zone of at least 50 feet (15.24 meters) between your well and any kennels or livestock operations. Also, always maintain proper separation between your well and buildings, waste systems, or chemical storage areas. Your professional water well contractor is familiar with the applicable local codes.
  • Get your water tested anytime there is a change in taste, odor or appearance, or anytime the system is serviced.

 

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.

 

The Groundwater Foundation
The Groundwater Foundation connects people, businesses & communities through local groundwater education & action, making us all part of the solution for clean, sustainable groundwater.
National Ground Water Association
The National Ground Water Association is the hallmark organization for anyone affiliated with the groundwater industry. Learn more about NGWA membership
Wellowner.org
Wellowner.org is your one-stop resource for information relating to private water well systems and groundwater. The Find a Contractor Tool will also assist you in finding an NGWA member or NGWA-certified water well contractor in your area.

WellOwner.org is supported by the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP.org), as part of the USEPA funded program “Improving Water Quality through Training and Technical Assistance to Private Well Owners.”