Protect our groundwater or lose it | Opinion

Any resource taken for granted is a resource at risk of being lost. That’s why the Nebraska Well Drillers Association, Groundwater Foundation and National Ground Water Association will join hundreds of organizations across the country in celebrating National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 6-12. National Groundwater Awareness Week, now in its 23rd year, is an annual week of awareness, education and advocacy focused on one of the nation’s and state’s most valuable resources.

Nebraska depends on groundwater for nearly 80% of its public water. It also supplies more than 35,000 state private water wells with fresh, clean water every day. The United States uses 79.6 billion gallons per day of fresh groundwater for public supply, private supply, irrigation, ranching, manufacturing, mining, thermoelectric power and for other purposes.

For the more than 80,000 Nebraska residents who rely on private water wells, we encourage you to use Groundwater Awareness Week to test, maintain and treat your private water system. An annual inspection of your well and its water can save you thousands of dollars in potential damage and protect your family’s health.

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Whether it’s writing a letter to your rep, educating the kids about the importance of groundwater, or having your own water supply tested and treated, remember to make the time this week and to help protect Nebraska’s groundwater.

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