Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Why Educate About Groundwater?

By Cindy Kreifels, The Groundwater Foundation

Who do you work for?  That’s a question we all get asked from time to time. And, when you say the bank, the local utility, or the local hardware store people get a pretty good idea of what you do.  Now step back and think about what the reaction would be if you were to say you work for The Groundwater Foundation.  Yep, the majority of people look at me with a blank stare not knowing what to say.  So, of course, I feel the need to fill the void letting them know what The Groundwater Foundation is and what it does. In some you begin to see the light bulb come on, in others still a bit of a blank stare followed by why do you do that?

I’ll tell you why – when headline after headline talks of water shortages or the polluting of our waterways and groundwater it is clear to me that we have a lot of education to do – especially for those who don’t quite get what I do.  The protection of water resources is the responsibility of each and every one of us who live on this planet and benefit from its use.  You drink it, it grows the food you eat, industry uses it, we recreate in it.  An important resource –water!

Will you do your part to protect it?  Share with us the actions you have taken or that your community takes to protect water and groundwater.  Help others to get started today!

1 comment:

zenrainman said...

First of all you are doing excellent work and more power to your collective elbows.
While I understand that your work is focused on the USA let me also share something from my country India.We have an estimated 30 million boreholes pumping out 250 of water annually. 60 to 65 % of our total water requirement- for agriculture,industry and domestic consumption- comes from groundwater. It is also fast running out or being polluted too . We also have a history of depending on groundwater tracing it to the days of Indus Valley Civilization approximately 2600 B.C where the first dug wells have been archaeologically discovered and excavated. I find your work commendable and invite you to join our Facebook group Open wells of India and the World and perhaps share knowledge and experience as we collectively work towards protecting this wonderful yet mostly unseen heritage. zenrainman