Protect Your Groundwater Day

PYGWD 2019

Save the date!

Protect Your Groundwater Day takes place on September 3.  PYGWD is an annual observance established to highlight the responsible development, management, and use of groundwater. The event is also a platform to encourage yearly water well testing and well maintenance.

In the weeks leading up to PYGWD, NGWA encourages everyone to become official “groundwater protectors” by taking steps to conserve and protect the resource. Businesses, individuals, educators, students, federal agencies, cities, associations, and everyone in between can ask to be added to our groundwater protector list through our website or on social media. Have a great story to tell? Great! Send it our way and we may highlight your efforts. 

August is also National Water Quality Month, providing an additional opportunity to get educated and spread the good word about protecting groundwater.


Approximately 132 million Americans rely on groundwater for drinking water. It is used for irrigation, livestock, manufacturing, mining, thermoelectric power, and several additional purposes, making it one of the most widely used and valuable natural resources we have. Consider the following facts:

  • Americans use 79.6 billion gallons of groundwater each day.
  • Groundwater is 20 to 30 times larger than all U.S. lakes, streams, and rivers combined.
  • 44 percent of the U.S. population depends on groundwater for its drinking water supply.
  • More than 13.2 million households have their own well, representing 34 million people.

Check back often, as we will provide social media graphics, logos, and more ways you can help raise awareness.