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Public Urged to Care for Water Wells, Water Supply during Groundwater Awareness Week

The South Carolina Ground Water Association joins the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) in urging citizens to take care of their water wells and, what is arguably the most important natural resource, groundwater, during National Groundwater Awareness Week March 9-15.

Thirteen million American households, including many in rural areas, use privately owned and maintained water well systems for their water supply. Freshwater is essential to human life and the environment. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates that 99 percent of all available freshwater in the world is groundwater.

“Groundwater Awareness Week is a time to remind the public how important groundwater is and why it is important for people to take care of their water well systems,” said Cliff Treyens, NGWA public awareness director. “Drinking water is vital to a family’s health and well-being. If your drinking water is supplied by a household well, now is a great time to learn how to care for your well system and your water.”

The public can visit the National Groundwater Awareness Week webpage by visiting www.NGWA.org.

NGWA’s website just for household well owners, www.WellOwner.org, includes many useful informational tools for private well owners including:

  • Free online well owner lessons
  • Free recorded and future live Webinars
  • A monthly Private Well Owner Tip Sheet
  • A private well owner telephone hotline
  • Information about water well construction and maintenance, and water testing and treatment.

“We urge household well owners to use NGWA’s informational tools to learn more about their well systems and groundwater,” Treyens said. “If your well system or water needs attention, always use a qualified water well system professional to service your well.”