Marion County Wellfield Education Corporation has officially earned the distinction of Groundwater Protector by the National Ground Water Association leading upto participation in the Groundwater Awareness Week (March 10 – 16, 2019).
We encourage everyone, especially businesses in the Marion County Wellfields, to be groundwater protectors by taking steps to conserve and protect this valuable resource. If you own a water well – it is time to perform your testing and maintenance!
Groundwater starts as rain and melted snow. It seeps into the ground from the surface through soil, sand, gravel and rocks. Water collects in small pockets in between the sand and gravel (or “pores”) underground. See this animated video for more information.
Approximately 132 million Americans rely on groundwater for drinking water. It is used for irrigation, livestock, manufacturing, mining, thermoelectric power, and several additional purposes, making it one of
the most widely used and valuable natural resources we have.
- Americans use 79.6 billion gallons of groundwater each day.
- Groundwater is 20 to 30 times larger than all U.S. lakes, streams, and rivers combined.
- 44 percent of the U.S. population depends on groundwater for its drinking water supply.
- More than 13.2 million households have their own well, representing 34 million people.
Let’s all work together to protect our groundwater!