PROTECT YOUR GROUNDWATER DAY

You are encouraged to join with the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) in encouraging well owners to protect public health and the health of the environment by protecting groundwater beginning on Protect Your Groundwater Day, September 10.

Everyone can make a difference in groundwater quality.  Proper storage, use, and disposal of hazardous household substances, effective maintenance of septic systems, and good management practices for household water well owners all contribute to good groundwater quality.  Additionally, with drought gripping much of the U.S., protecting groundwater through conservation is more important than ever.

Protect Your Groundwater Day is an occasion for every citizen to ACT: Acknowledge the issue, Consider how it applies to you, then Take Action. Here are some action steps that anyone can take along with additional tips for household well owners:

​1. Acknowledge the causes of preventable groundwater contamination

Everyone should consider:

  • There are hazardous substances common to households
  • Most household water use occurs in a few areas around the home.

​If you own a water well:

  • Wellheads should be a safe distance from potential contamination
  • Septic system malfunctions can pollute groundwater
  • Poorly constructed or maintained wells can facilitate contamination
  • Improperly abandoned wells can lead to groundwater contamination.

2.​ Consider which apply to you

Everyone should consider:

  •   What specific hazardous substances are in and around your home?
  •   Where do you and your family use the most water?

If you own a water well:

  • Is your wellhead a safe distance from possible contamination?
  • Is your well/septic system due for an inspection?
  • Are there any abandoned wells on your property?

3. Take action to prevent groundwater contamination

When it comes to water conservation, everyone should consider:

  •   Modify your water use
  •   Install a water-saving device

When it comes to hazardous household substances, everyone should consider:

  •   Store them properly in a secure place
  •   Use them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations
  •   Dispose of them safely.

If you own a water well:

  • Move possible contamination sources a safe distance from the wellhead
  • Get current on your septic system inspection and cleaning
  • Get an annual water well system inspection
  • Properly decommission any abandoned wells using a professional.
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