#GWAW Highlights Protection of the Resource; Encourages Public Participation
(WESTERVILLE, OH — Jan. 17, 2019) The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) today announced the 20th anniversary of National Groundwater Awareness Week (#GWAW) will take place March 10-16. An annual observance established in 1999 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 to prevent waterborne illnesses.
This year’s theme, Think, was designed to urge each of us to consider various ways we can protect our most valuable natural resource. So Think about not running the water while you brush your teeth. Or Think about getting that leaking faucet fixed. Think about the farmers that rely on groundwater to grow the food we eat. And Think about having your well inspected to protect your drinking water system. In short, during #GWAW Think about our future.
National Groundwater Awareness Week provides an opportunity for people to learn about the importance of the resource and how it impacts lives. “Approximately 132 million Americans rely on groundwater for drinking water, so, simply put, it makes life possible,” said Aaron Martin, marketing director of NGWA. “Groundwater 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.” Martin continued: “Although groundwater is out of sight, it certainly should not be out of mind, which is why we’re prompting folks to Think about how they use and protect the resource before, during, and after Groundwater Awareness Week.”
Think about the following:
- 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.
NGWA encourages every person to be a “groundwater protector” during National Groundwater Awareness Week by signing up on WellOwner.org. Businesses, individuals, educators, students, federal agencies, cities, and associations alike can simply add their name to a growing list of participants from around the country. Participants are also encouraged to share their groundwater protection/awareness efforts through our website or on social media, some of which will be shared by NGWA throughout #GWAW.
NGWA has developed a toolkit for anyone wishing to participate in #GWAW. For downloadable, shareable information on the event, including:
- A social media toolkit
- Facts about groundwater
- Event FAQs
- Logos and graphics
- A press release providing the platform to tout your efforts locally
- Videos on groundwater and #GWAW
Please visit NGWA.org/GWAW2019 or WellOwner.org.
The National Ground Water Association is a not-for-profit professional society and trade association for the global groundwater industry. Our members around the world include leading public and private sector groundwater scientists, engineers, water well system professionals, manufacturers, and suppliers of groundwater-related products and services. The Association’s vision is to be the leading groundwater association advocating for responsible development, management, and use of water.