Here’s a water-supply quiz: What resource comprises 95 percent of the fresh water available on earth, is the sole or main water-supply resource for almost 40 of Virginia’s 95 counties, and is mostly unseen? Groundwater! Besides serving as all or part of the water supply for some 2,300 public water suppliers in Virginia, groundwater is, of course, the water source for hundreds of thousands of Virginia households using private wells.
The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) is sponsoring “Protect Your Groundwater Day” nationwide on September 10, 2013. With this event, the NGWA and partners seek to educate the public about ways to protect groundwater to meet human and environmental needs. The NGWA offers several educational tools to help citizens learn about groundwater protection and to help organizations promote the September 10 event. More information is available online at http://www.ngwa.org/Events-Education/groundwater-day/Pages/default.aspx, or contact the NGWA Public Awareness Director Cliff Treyens at (800) 551-7379, ext. 554, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information on Virginia groundwater and its protection is available from the Virginia Groundwater Protection Steering Committee, at http://www.deq.virginia.gov/Programs/Water/WaterSupplyWaterQuantity/GroundwaterProtectionSteeringCommittee.aspx.
Groundwater flows through a pipe into a spring along the Appalachian Trail in Washington County, Virginia, December 14, 2008.