National Groundwater Awareness Week
First up, why should you care?
Well groundwater, as it turns, out is pretty important.
The National Groundwater Association (NGWA), the organization behind this event, has shared the top ten facts about groundwater and its importance.
Did you know…?
- Only 1% of the water on Earth is useable, and 99% of that useable water is groundwater.
- The United States uses 349 billion gallons of freshwater every day.
- Groundwater is 20 to 30 times greater than the amount in all U.S. lakes, streams, and rivers combined.
- Groundwater accounts for 33% of all the water used by U.S. municipalities.
- 44% of the U.S. population depends on groundwater for its drinking water supply.
- More than 13.2 million households have their own well, representing 34 million people.
- 53.5 billion gallons of groundwater are used for agricultural irrigation each day; in 1990 that number was 2.2 billion.
- The largest U.S. aquifer is Ogallala, underlying 250,000 square miles stretching from Texas to South Dakota. Scientists estimate it could take 6,000 years to naturally refill the aquifer if it were ever fully depleted.
- California pumps 10.7 billion gallons of groundwater each day, a third more than the second-ranked state, Texas.
- Groundwater is the world’s most extracted raw material, with withdrawal rates in the estimated range of 259 trillion gallons per year.
The 2019 National Groundwater Awareness Week theme is Think:
“Think was designed to urge each of us to consider various ways we can protect our most valuable natural resource. So Think about not running the water while you brush your teeth. Or Think about getting that leaking faucet fixed. Think about the farmers that rely on groundwater to grow the food we eat. And Think about having your well inspected to protect your drinking water system. In short, during #GWAW, Think about our future.”
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