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Sept. 1 is Protect Your Groundwater Day

#PYGWD is a time to 'ACT – acknowledge, consider, take action'


August 19, 2020
By Ground Water Canada

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Protect Your Groundwater Day takes place on Sept. 1. An annual observance established by NGWA to highlight the responsible development, management and use of groundwater, is also a useful platform to encourage yearly water well testing and well maintenance.

#PYGWD is a unique public relations opportunity to shine a light on groundwater protection, naturally occurring contamination, contamination caused by human activities and water conservation.

Ground Water Canada encourages everyone involved in the groundwater industry to take one action to promote awareness of groundwater. Taking action can be as simple as drawing attention to groundwater issues in your local area, contacting your local newspaper or radio station to share information about groundwater, reaching out to someone in your community or another organization to explain your role in accessing and protecting it.

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The National Ground Water Association has a useful acronym to encourage everyone to “ACT – acknowledge, consider, take action.”

1. Acknowledge the causes of preventable groundwater contamination

EVERYONE

  • These are common to households.
  • Most household water use occurs in a few areas around the home.

IF YOU OWN A WATER WELL

  • Wellheads should be a safe distance from potential contamination.
  • Septic system malfunctions can pollute groundwater.
  • Poorly constructed or maintained wells can facilitate contamination.
  • Improperly abandoned wells can lead to groundwater contamination.

2. Consider which apply to you

EVERYONE

  • What specific hazardous substances are in and around your home?
  • Where do you and your family use the most water?

IF YOU OWN A WATER WELL

  • Is your wellhead a safe distance from possible contamination?
  • Is your well/septic system due for an inspection?
  • Are there any abandoned wells on your property?

3. Take action to prevent groundwater contamination

EVERYONE

When it comes to hazardous household substances:

  • Store them properly in a secure place.
  • Use them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
  • Dispose of them safely.

When it comes to water conservation:

  • Modify your water use (more water saving tips).

IF YOU OWN A WATER WELL

  • Move possible contamination sources a safe distance from the wellhead.
  • Get current on your septic system inspection and cleaning.
  • Get your annual water well system inspection.
  • Properly decommission any abandoned wells using a professional.

Learn more about Protect Your Groundwater Day at the website of the National Ground Water Association.

Learn more about the Canadian National Ground Water Association.

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