Last year, during the drought, when we talked with people about water conservation, a few said “oh, we aren’t wasting water-we are on a well”.  Director, Mike Kromrey, immediately recognized a need to help educate about the groundwater connection and created a small educational postcard.

The Groundwater Connection

Water Conservation is important, even if you have a well!

Groundwater (Aquifer) levels can decline during times of drought and heavy pumping, which can impact wells and water levels of local streams and springs by lowering the water table.

Photo credit: livinghistoryfarm.org

Conservation efforts are important for all users, even those on private or municipal wells, to protect our life sustaining water supplies. 

 

The National Weather Service reported Springfield’s precipitation for 2012 as 30.94″ (-14.63/10th driest)
We can all take part in conserving our precious water supplies.

Projects Manager, Stacey Armstrong has provided the following Top Ten List for protecting and preserving groundwater. As well as a fun educational video from the Groundwater Foundation website.

Top 10 Ways to Protect and Conserve Groundwater:

 1. Reduce household chemical use and dispose of remaining chemicals by taking them to a hazardous waste collection site.

2. Take used motor oil to a recycling center.

3. Limit the amount of fertilizer used on plants.

4. Take short showers.

5. Shut water off while brushing teeth and shaving.

6. Run full loads of dishes and laundry.

7. Check for leaky faucets and have them fixed.

8. Water plants only when necessary.

9. Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator.

10. Get involved in water education.

THE STORY OF GROUNDWATER   ANIMATED VIDEO

Top Ten List provided by www.groundwater.org

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