Water: Ground Water
Be Informed - National Ground Water Awareness Week!
Protect our most vital resource!
Here are some steps you can take to protect underground sources of drinking water
- Read our “Citizen's Guide to Ground Water Protection” encourages citizens to a take an active and positive role in protecting their community's ground water supplies.
- Learn about EPA’s program to protect public health by preventing injection wells, particularly large capacity septic systems and shallow drainage wells, from contaminating underground sources of drinking water.
- Protect ground water from contamination the SepticSmart Outreach Toolkit!Government officials, industry professionals, environmental groups, and other local organizations can access ready-to-use educational materials, case studies, and more.
For Private Well Owners
If your family gets drinking water from a private well...
Test your well every year
- Do you know if your water is safe to drink?
- What health risks could you and your family face?
- Do you know where to go for help or advice?
- Our Private Drinking Water Wells Web site will help answer these questions.
Failing septic systems are a leading cause of groundwater contamination.
Making sure your septic is operating properly is key in not contaminating their drinking water as well as their neighbors.
Build your own aquifer in a cup
- Teachers and parents – help kids visualize ground water through this classroom activity. Our Web page provides step-by-step instruction.
Read about EPA’s Ground Water Rule.
- The purpose of the rule is to provide for increased protection against microbial pathogens in public water systems that use ground water sources.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Parasitic Diseases, Private Well Resources
- Ground Water Protection Council’s Ground Water Report to the Nation: A Call to Action
- National Ground Water Association
- Water Systems Council and its wellcare® Hotline (888) 395-1033
- American Ground Water Trust