Simple Ways Everyone Can Act To Protect Groundwater
Everyone can and should do something to protect groundwater. Why? We all have a stake in maintaining its quality and quantity. For starters, in Richland County, we all get our drinking water from a groundwater source of some kind. Our public water systems draw their supply from groundwater, so protecting the resource protects the public water supply, which in turn protects the health of our communities. If you own a well to provide water for your family, farm, or business, groundwater protection is doubly important. As a well owner, you are the manager of your own water system. Protecting groundwater will help reduce risks to your water supply. Being a good steward of groundwater just makes sense.
How can you help?
Most household water use occurs in a few areas around the home. If you own a water well, it should be a safe distance from potential contamination and constructed by a licensed professional. It is also important to keep your well properly maintained and inspected regularly. In addition, testing your well water regularly will help you track the health of your water source.
When it comes to hazardous household substances take the extra precautions to store them properly, use them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations, and dispose of them safely.
Septic system malfunctions can pollute groundwater too, so it is important to ensure that your septic system is functioning properly. Richland County has many licensed and skilled professionals that can help make sure your septic system stays in tip-top shape.
Groundwater Conservation Matters. There is something every person can do to conserve water. Some simple tips include repairing dripping faucets and toilets, retrofitting faucets with flow restrictors, choosing appliances that are water and energy-efficient, and not letting the faucet run when you’re not using the water.
On Protect Your Groundwater Day, the National Groundwater Association (NGWA), state, and local agencies urge you to begin doing your part by helping to protect one of our most important natural resources, groundwater.
If you are interested in additional information on groundwater protection, conservation tips, or well owner information, please visit the National Groundwater Association webpage at http://www.NGWA.org or contact the Richland County Health Department at 406-433-2207.