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Groundwater Awareness Week
National Groundwater Awareness Week
Why it's important to you
Groundwater Awareness Week spotlights one of the world's most important resources – groundwater. Groundwater is the water that soaks into the ground from rain, snow, sleet and hail. Clean groundwater is essential to the health and well-being of humanity and the environment, but it can become polluted or contaminated by anything that is dumped or sprayed on the ground. Whether you are served by a public water system or are on a private well, whether you are a health care professional, policy maker, regulator, or just interested in clean water resources and the environment in general – knowing how to keep contaminants out of groundwater is important to us all. Private well owners are urged to sample their well water quality once a year.

Activities for well owners
More information
  • National Groundwater Awareness Week: Information from the National Groundwater Association (NGWA) on groundwater, groundwater stewardship and water well checkups.
  • NGWA's Website for Well Owners: Information about groundwater and how to protect and care for private wells.
  • Well Water Program: Resources for well owners from the Oregon State University Extension Service. Be sure to check out the subheadings on the left side of the page.
  • Groundwater and Source Water Protection: Information from the Oregon Drinking Water Program about groundwater protection and public drinking water systems that use groundwater.