Ground water is not an issue that is featured in the evening news—but it should be, said the National Ground Water Association (NGWA).

With Ground Water Awareness week rapidly approaching the organization is urging the public—especially well owners, policymakers, health care professionals, educators and students—to sit up and take notice.

“We all have a stake in ground water, so every person should consider what he or she can do to preserve and protect groundwater,” said Cliff Treyens, NGWA’s public awareness director, in a statement.

Ground water is water located beneath the surface in soil pore spaces and in the fractures of rock formations. This store of liquid often becomes the source of or leaches into the sources of drinking water, which is why everyone should be a steward of the resource, advocates say.

Now in its 10th year, Groundwater Awareness Week, March 6-12, is all about taking the first step to protecting groundwater and making a big difference, Treyens said.

“How you store, use, dispose of hazardous household substances can affect groundwater quality,” he stated. “In the same manner, whether you regularly maintain your water well or septic system, or properly decommission an abandoned well can impact the groundwater that serves as someone else’s water supply.”

NGWA’s Ground Water Awareness Week page provides all interested with action steps in two categories: groundwater protection and groundwater conservation. The NGWA’s website for more information is www.wellowner.org. The site also contains information about groundwater protection, testing and treatment.

To learn more about National Ground Water Awareness Week or obtain information on how to become better Groundwater stewards please contact Cliff Treyens at ctreyens@ngwa.org.

 

BrienneDavis

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