Groundwater makes up 99 percent of all available fresh water in the world and is connected from beneath to most surface water bodies. The "hidden sea" of groundwater beneath Missouri is vital to human health and the environment, and every person should act to protect it, the Missouri Water Well Association said in joining the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) in promoting Protect Your Groundwater Day on Sept. 9.

Missouri Water Well Association joins national association in promoting groundwater protection
The "hidden sea" of groundwater beneath Missouri is vital to human health and the environment, and every person should act to protect it, the Missouri Water Well Association said in joining the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) in promoting Protect Your Groundwater Day on Sept. 9.
Groundwater makes up 99 percent of all available fresh water in the world and is connected from beneath to most surface water bodies.
"Groundwater is out of sight and out of mind for most people. Yet no fresh water resource is more important," said Cliff Treyens, NGWA public awareness director.
Groundwater is the source water supply for 13 million households on private wells in America. It also supplies much of the water to our country's more than 40,000 community water systems, Treyens said. Not only that, it supplies 53.5 billion gallons of water a day for agriculture and supports the environment.
"If you want to do something good for your family and your state, learn and put into practice at least a few things to protect groundwater beginning September 9," Treyens said.
The Protect Your Groundwater web page, www.NGWA.org/PYGWD, provides ways citizens can protect groundwater from overuse or contamination. Here are a few suggestions from the Missouri Water Well Association and NGWA:
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)
Install a water-saving device (i.e. water efficient appliances, faucet and showerhead flow restrictors)
If you own a water well
Know what's in your water: Test it regularly for bacteria, nitrate, and anything of local concern
Get current on your septic system inspection and cleaning
Move possible contamination sources a safe distance from the wellhead
Get your annual water well system inspection
Properly decommission any abandoned wells using a qualified professional
To learn more about groundwater protection, visit www.WellOwner.org, and access online lessons on groundwater protection, using water wisely, and abandoned wells; and view a recorded webinar about groundwater protection.