Thursday, February 26, 2015

National Groundwater Awareness Week

by Lori Davison, The Groundwater Foundation

National Groundwater Awareness Week is March 8-14!   Groundwater Awareness Week spotlights one of the world’s most important resources—groundwater.  Groundwater is the water that soaks into the soil from rain and other precipitation and moves downward to fill cracks and other openings in beds of rocks and sand.  Approximately half of the American population depends on groundwater for its drinking water supply—reason enough to act to conserve and protect groundwater.   Americans are some of the largest users of water, per capita, in the world. In the United States, Americans use 79.6 billion gallons of groundwater every day — the equivalent of 2,923 - 12 oz. cans for every man, woman, and child in the nation.   

During National Groundwater Awareness Week educate yourself and others what we can do each and every day to conserve and protect groundwater.  The following are a just a few steps you can take to get you started!

1.       Never pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it
2.       Repair dripping faucets and toilets; one drop per second wastes 2,700 gallons a year
3.       Retrofit household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors
4.       Choose appliances that are water- and/or energy-efficient, such as low-flow toilets
5.       Don't run a faucet when not using the water, such as while brushing teeth
6.       Only run the dishwasher when it is fully loaded
7.       Operate clothes washers only when full, or set the water level to match the load size
8.       Plant native and/or drought-resistant grasses, ground cover, shrubs, and trees
9.       Dispose of hazardous household wastes at an appropriate waste disposal facility or drop-off
10.   Reduce the amount of "stuff" you use and reuse what you can. Recycle paper, plastic, cardboard, glass, aluminum and other materials.

Visit for more information about how you can make a difference!  And, share what you and your community will be doing to celebrate National Groundwater Awareness Week!

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