Groundwater awareness out of sight but definitely not out of mind
Here is a statistic to ponder: The United States uses 79.6 billion gallons of fresh groundwater per day for public supply, private supply, irrigation, livestock, manufacturing, mining, thermoelectric power and other purposes.
It’s with that stat from the National Ground Water Association in mind that The Groundwater Foundation celebrates National Groundwater Awareness Week (March 6-12, 2011) and continues with the mission to educate and inspire everyone to ensure groundwater is available for future generations.
Groundwater is the water that fills the cracks and crevices of rocks and sands beneath the Earth’s surface and supplies the majority of drinking water on a daily basis.
One of the ways of working to ensure it is available into the future is through the Let’s Keep It Clean! program. The awareness program works within the state of Nebraska, directly in communities.
In the past year the foundation has worked with Crete, Wayne and Minden and now is setting sights on additional communities including working with Fairbury, St. Paul and Auburn.
The goal within each community is to make each resident aware of groundwater and how they impact it daily.
They may receive that information in many different forms from reading an article in the local paper, or hearing a spot on the radio or television, or attending an event at the local library or a community-wide activity.
But there are many things that everyone can do starting today to ensure this clean supply of water will be there into the distant future. Take action by:
• Taking short showers instead of baths
• Running full loads of dishes and laundry
• Decreasing or eliminating fertilizer and pesticide usage
• Watering outside only when necessary
• Checking for leaky faucets and repairing them
• Disposing of chemicals properly by taking them to recycling centers
• Teaching others about ways to protect and preserve water
For more information about The Groundwater Foundation, how to become a member, or any of its programs, call 1-800-858-4844 or visit www.groundwater.org.
The Let’s Keep It Clean! program is sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and the Nebraska Environmental Trust.