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National Groundwater Awareness Week ends tomorrow

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National Groundwater Awareness Week ends tomorrow

National Groundwater Awareness Week ends tomorrow. This is a great time to learn about and understand the importance of groundwater.

We wrote about this last week, but as a reminder, here are some tips from the National Ground Water Association on how to do protect and conserve groundwater:

  1. Properly store hazardous household substances in secure containers.
  2. Mix hazardous household substances over concrete or asphalt where they can be cleaned up or absorbed.
  3. Dispose of hazardous household wastes at an appropriate waste disposal facility or drop-off.
  4. Do not put hazardous household wastes down the drain or in the toilet.
  5. Do not put any wastes down a dry or abandoned well.
  6. If I own a septic system, I will service it according to local health department recommendations.
  7. If I own a water well, I will get a yearly maintenance check to ensure sanitary seals are intact.
  8. Decommission abandoned wells on your property using a qualified water well contractor.
  9. Fix or replace any leaking aboveground or underground tanks storing hazardous substances.
  10. Never pour water down the drain when there may be another use for it.
  11. Repair dripping faucets and toilets; one drop per second wastes 2,700 gallons a year.
  12. Retrofit household faucets by installing aerators with flow restrictors.
  13. Choose appliances that are water- and/or energy-efficient, such as low-flow toilets.
  14. Don't run a faucet when I'm not using the water, such as while brushing my teeth.
  15. Only run the dishwasher when it is fully loaded.
  16. Operate clothes washers only when they are full, or set the water level to match the load size.
  17. Plant native and/or drought-resistant grasses, ground cover, shrubs, and trees.
  18. Use a shutoff nozzle on the hose for car washing that can be adjusted to a fine spray.
  19. Avoid overwatering my lawn; a heavy rain eliminates the need to water for up to two weeks.
  20. Raise the mower blade to a higher level to hold soil moisture and strengthen the root system.

Happy National Groundwater Awareness Week!

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