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Protect Your Ground Water Day: A Call to Protect Public Health and the Environment

Our friends at the Ground Water Protection Council encourage everyone to protect public health and the health of the environment by protecting groundwater, beginning on Protect  Your Groundwater Day, September 8.

In the United States, 39.4 percent of the population regularly depends on groundwater, and 38.5 million Americans rely on privately owned and operated household water wells for their drinking water supply. Another 87.1 million residents rely on groundwater-supplied community water systems.

For household water well owners, managing the well system and one’s property can make a difference in water quality. People who do not use household wells also can make a difference in groundwater quality — for instance, by how they store, use, and dispose of hazardous household substances, or how well they maintain their septic systems.

Additionally, with drought gripping parts of the United States, 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.  For more information and state by state resources, visit the National Ground Water Association Web site.