Thursday, October 9, 2014

October is Shower Better Month!

By Amy Kessner, The Groundwater Foundation

October is the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) WaterSense program's Shower Better month. Showering accounts for nearly 17% of residential indoor water use - that's about 40 gallons a day for the average family! Converting inefficient showerheads to WaterSense showerheads can help save the average family 2,900 gallons of water each year, conserve enough energy to power a home for 13 days, and reduce the average family water and energy costs by $70 per year! That's a lot of water waiting to be conserved!

In celebration of Shower Better month, some areas around the country are giving away FREE WaterSense showerheads! Make sure to check with your local water conservation office to see if your area is participating.

Replacing your showerhead is not the only way to save water and cut back on your energy bill while showering! Check out these other tips for saving water while showering:

  • Limit your shower time to 5 minutes
  • Don't let the water run while waiting to warm up OR collect the water in a bucket while it is warming up and use it later to water plants
  • Turn off the water while shaving or brushing your teeth in the shower

Thursday, October 2, 2014

How Old Is the Water on Our Planet

by Lori Davison, The Groundwater Foundation
Yesterday, when it was pouring rain (inches & inches of rain) I began to wonder:  how old is this water?  Where has it been before?   This thought process was all prompted by an article I’d seen in the Washington Post saying earth’s water could be older than the sun.  To read the article:
The research can be found at:


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Community-based Groundwater Protection: A Formula for Success

By Cindy Kreifels, The Groundwater Foundation

Groundwater overdraft - what's happening in California and how the new legislation will impact it.

Pharmaceuticals and personal care products - impacts to groundwater.

Nitrate management - best practices to protect groundwater.

Fracking – the impacts, challenges, and potential protective actions.

Where can you discuss issues like these with like-minded people? 

At the "Community-based Groundwater Protection Forum" on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  People from all across the country will share their community-based groundwater protection experiences in the morning sessions. After lunch we will offer all attendees an opportunity to be a part of the dialogue, sharing lessons learned, challenges they face, ways to sustain their efforts, and get tools to organize their community to protect groundwater.

Be sure to register today for this educational event co-sponsored by The Groundwater Foundation and the Southern Nevada Water Authority.  For more information or to register go to:

And, by the way, if you are headed out to the Water Smart Innovations conference, this forum is being held the day prior so plan to come a day early and learn about community-based action!

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

  • Marshfield Utilities
  • Mission Springs Water District
  • National Ground Water Association
  • Nelson Irrigation Corporation
  • Orange County Water District
  • Lee and Rita Orton
  • Senninger Irrigation, Inc.
  • Southern Nevada Water Authority