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Be Informed - National Ground Water Awareness Week!

EPA joins our partners in promoting National Ground Water Awareness Week, March 9-15, 2014.

EPA joins our partners in promoting National Ground Water Awareness Week, March 9-15, 2014.
EPA joins our partners in promoting National Ground Water Awareness Week, March 9-15, 2014.

EPA joins our partners in promoting National Ground Water Awareness Week, March 9-15, 2014.

Protect our most vital resource!


For Consumers
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.

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Get Involved

  • Protect ground water from contamination the SepticSmart Outreach Toolkit!Toolbox

    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
Test your well every year

If your family gets drinking water from a private well...
  • 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?

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.


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For Students
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.

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Visit our partners’ links Exit EPA Disclaimer

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