There is something every person can do to protect groundwater – the largest source of fresh drinking water in the United States and the world – beginning on Protect Your Groundwater Day which is Sept. 13, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation.

Two ways citizens can protect groundwater are to prevent its contamination and to use it wisely.

“Groundwater is the lifeblood of rural America – an absolutely essential resource to the lives and livelihoods of millions of people in our country,” said AFBF President Bob Stallman.

“The American Farm Bureau Federation encourages every citizen – not just those in rural areas – to make groundwater protection a regular part of how they live beginning on Protect Your Groundwater Day,” Stallman said.

Protect Your Groundwater Day was started by the National Ground Water Association. Below are some actions citizens can take.

When it comes to hazardous substances: store them properly in sealed containers in a secure place; use them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and dispose of them safely.

When it comes to water conservation: modify water use and install water-saving devices when possible.

Water well owners should: move possible contamination sources a safe distance from the wellhead; become current on septic system inspection and cleaning; get an annual water well system inspection and properly decommission any abandoned wells on their property using a professional.

Learn other ways to protect groundwater by visiting NGWA’s Protect Your Groundwater Day Web page.

Source: AFBF