Groundwater Even More Important in Drought
Washington--The America Farm Bureau Federation encouraged the public to take action to protect public health and the environment on Protect Your Groundwater Day, Sept. 11, and every day.
Eighty-eight million Americans rely on groundwater supplied by community water systems and another 42 million depend on their own household wells. The groundwater that feeds those systems and wells is even more precious during a drought such as the one that more than half of the U.S. has experienced this summer.
“…Drought has put a strain on many household water wells—sometimes resulting in a reduction or loss of water flow as the water table drops,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman. Conservation of groundwater is more important than ever, he said.
Protect Your Groundwater Day, sponsored by the National Ground Water Association, is an occasion for citizens to ACT: Acknowledge the issue, Consider how it applies to you and then Take action. Tips on protecting groundwater and taking care of water wells are available at www.wellowner.org.