Did you ever wonder where our planet’s fresh water comes from? Ninety-eight percent comes from groundwater found beneath the water table under the earth’s surface. Why is this important? Because contrary to popular belief, fresh water is not an unlimited resource.
Water beneath the land’s surface is a valuable resource for irrigation, public supply, livestock, industrial use and mining. Therefore, protecting it from contamination and carefully managing its use will ensure that it remains a vital part of our ecosystem.
What can you do to protect groundwater?
- Dispose of chemicals properly.
- Don’t dump on the ground or down the drain.
- Minimize the use of fertilizer, chemicals and insecticides.
- Check your vehicles for fluid leaks.
- Keep chemicals and waste safe from rain.
- Use deicing salt and pesticides sparingly.
- Reduce water consumption.
- Have septic systems pumped and inspected every five years.
- Examine and maintain on-site wells.
Pay it forward for future generations and educate others on the importance of maintaining the quality and quantity of our water supply.