What is Groundwater Awareness Week?
March 7th through March 13th is National Groundwater Awareness Week. What is GWAW? It is a week dedicated to bringing attention to our most valuable asset: water.
Water is such an easy resource to take for granted. Thirsty? Go to the filtered water on your fridge door. Sticky hands? Turn on the sink and rinse them off. Need a hot shower? Head to the bathroom and twist the knob.
Most of us don’t give a second thought about where our water is coming from.
A Moment for Awareness
This week let’s change that up. Let’s take a second to pause and think about where we get our water before it flows easily through our pipes.
The first step seems small but we have to recognize where water comes from, the ground.
That is why it is important to be aware of what we are putting into our earth; chemicals, waste, toxins.
It is also important to notice how much water is used on average.
Did you know that the United States alone use about 82.3 billion gallons of fresh ground water per day! That was billions of gallons per day! The uses range from; public and private supply, livestock, irrigation, manufacturing, mining, and thermoelectric power, just to name a few.
If we look at just household use in the United States roughly 29 billion gallons of water are used, daily!
Become the Solution
This week we will be sharing tips and tricks with you so that you can become a part of the solution. The key to awareness is education.
With the help of the National Groundwater Association, we will be spreading the word of the importance of fresh groundwater.
We all need water to live. Not just to hydrate us but also to help raise the crops and animals that we eat to nourish us.