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Franklin Electric teams up with NGWA to promote importance of groundwater

Occasion brings awareness of the important work groundwater professionals do daily

March 16, 2023  By Ground Water Canada

Fort Wayne, Ind. – Franklin Electric Company has partnered with the National Ground Water Association’s (NGWA) Groundwater Foundation and Amstutz Well Drilling to celebrate Groundwater Awareness Day with the public at Fort Wayne’s Science Central. It marks the second year the organizations joined forces to host and promote the event aimed at spreading awareness for the importance of groundwater in everyday life. For 2023, this promotion included outreach that invited water well professionals throughout Northeast Indiana, Ohio and Michigan to join in the activities with complementary admission, provided by Franklin Electric.

Science Central bills itself as a “catalyst for learning,” and Groundwater Awareness Day activities both inside and outside the facility enhanced this experiential environment. Booths, hands-on activities and the presentation “Make Water Happen” allowed visitors to learn more about groundwater and the challenges communities face in keeping it clean and bringing it to the surface. Amstutz Well Drilling drew attention to the event – and the scale of equipment required to move groundwater – by showcasing its well drilling rig at the centre’s entrance.

“Being good stewards of water is part of what we do at Franklin Electric,” Darol Hayse, senior business unit manager at Franklin Electric, said. “Science Central is located just a few miles from our corporate headquarters, and we were thrilled to share the importance of groundwater with residents and introduce them to the professionals that truly ‘Make Water Happen’.”


Inside the centre, Franklin Electric and NGWA team members came together to host a variety of learning stations geared toward kids all ages. Franklin Electric showcased the virtual tool Awesome Aquifer 360 developed by NGWA in collaboration with Oklahoma State University. The teams also utilized kits provided by NGWA’s Groundwater Foundation to educate and raise awareness on how groundwater is a critical natural resource.

“The Groundwater Foundation is thrilled we can again partner with Franklin Electric and Amstutz Well Drilling for this event,” National Ground Water Association CEO Terry Morse, CAE, CIC, said. “Supporting Science Central is a great way to help reach out to young people and educate them on one of our most vital resources – water. Events such as this are a step toward developing the next generation of stewards of water resource management.”

Groundwater Awareness Day was celebrated in observance of Groundwater Awareness Week, a nationwide effort to bring public attention to the importance of groundwater and the critical work groundwater professionals do daily. Groundwater Awareness Day is one of several initiatives both the NGWA and Franklin Electric participate in to promote professional opportunities in groundwater and build a pipeline of talent for the future of the industry. For more information, visit

About Science Central: Science Central, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, has provided a hands-on fun learning environment for more than 25 years. Through its 200-plus exhibits, school tours, distance learning programs and weekend public events, Science Central brings the excitement of science and technology to more than 140,000 children and adults annually.

About NGWA: The National Ground Water Association is a not-for-profit professional society and trade association for the global groundwater industry. NGWA’s members around the world include leading public and private sector groundwater scientists, engineers, water well system professionals, manufacturers, and suppliers of groundwater-related products and services. The Association’s vision is to be the leading groundwater association advocating for responsible development, management, and use of water.


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