Today is national Protect Your Groundwater Day!
Did you know…
- About 2.3 million people rely on groundwater for drinking water in our region.
- The local Buried Valley Aquifer holds about 1.5 trillion gallons of water.
- This region uses about 250 million gallons per day for everything from drinking to bathing, and cooking to irrigation.
Most of us don’t think twice about turning on the faucet and expecting good quality water to come flowing out. Let’s make sure it stays that way. There are two ways to protect groundwater.
- Keep it safe from contamination.
- Use it wisely and don’t waste it.
Human activities can contaminate groundwater, and this is where every person plays a role in groundwater protection. Here are steps you can take at your home, your office or your business.
- Use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly, and store them properly because the chemicals can soak into the groundwater or run off your property into rivers, lakes and streams.
- Take household cleaners, paint and other chemicals to your local drop-off site. Many of these items are too dangerous to place in the trash or pour down the drain.
- Drop off your unwanted medications; don’t flush it or place in the trash. Check with your county sheriff or local police for drop off sites near you.
- Be water smart – test your well. If your water comes from a private well, it’s important to have it tested every year for potential problems, including nitrates, bacteria and arsenic.
- Have your septic system maintained regularly.
- Properly seal abandoned or unneeded wells.
Protect Your Groundwater Day is an annual observance established to highlight the responsible development, management and use of groundwater.