March 6-12 is National Groundwater Awareness Week!Frannie is so excited to celebrate our most precious resource, groundwater. Groundwater is water contained under the ground's surface, located in the spaces between soil particles and in the cracks of sand, gravel, and rock.
Groundwater is the source of water for:
- Drinking - About 51% of Americans rely on groundwater for their drinking water supplies.
- Irrigation - Groundwater helps grow our food. 64% of groundwater is used to irrigate crops.
- Recreation - Discharge from groundwater provides water in lakes, rivers, and wetlands that we swim, boat, fish, and play in. Discharge is an outflow of groundwater from an aquifer.
- Industry - Groundwater is important in many industrial processes, for example ethanol production and food processing.
Check out The Groundwater Foundation's Girl Scouts pages to find fun, hands-on activities and great resources to learn more about groundwater and earn two groundwater patches in the process! Here are a few simple things you can do to help protect and conserve groundwater:
- Water wisely
- Go native
- Use natural alternatives
- Reduce, reuse, and recycle
- Wash smarter
- Fix any drips
- Manage waste properly
Find out more about the National Ground Water Association's National Groundwater Awareness Week!