Life as we know it would be impossible without groundwater. It is the world’s most extracted natural resource and it supports our ecosystems.
Don’t take groundwater for granted. Pay it forward during National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 11-17, 2018, by letting others know the importance of groundwater and asking them to pass it along.
According to the National Groundwater Association the United States uses nearly 80 billion gallons of groundwater per day for public supply, private supply, irrigation, livestock, manufacturing, mining, thermal electric power, and other purposes. California alone pumps 10.7 billion gallons of groundwater each day. About 45% of the United States population depends on groundwater for its drinking water supply.
The United States uses about 53.5 billion gallons of groundwater daily for agricultural irrigation, 67.2% of all the groundwater pumped each day. In 1990 that number was 2.2 billion.
Groundwater is constantly threatened by overuse, misuse and contamination. We can be part of the solution by making small changes that cumulatively have a big impact:
- Conserve water inside the home by taking short showers instead of baths and running full load of dishes and laundry.
- Check for and repair leaky faucets and fixtures, indoors and outdoors.
- Water outdoors only when necessary, and landscape with native plants that need less water.
- Track your daily water use with the free 30by30 app to find where you can use less.
- Always follow label instructions for household chemicals, and look for ways to decrease or cut fertilizer and pesticide usage.
- Dispose of chemicals properly by taking them to recycling centers for household hazardous waste collection.
- If you have a well on your property, have the well inspected by a licensed water well contractor once a year.
- Teach others about ways to protect and preserve groundwater.
- Advocate for groundwater!
Learn more about how you can get involved at GroundwaterAwarenessWeek.com.
(Source: The Groundwater Foundation)