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In Arizona, the vast majority of rural residents only have groundwater to rely on. If that resource becomes depleted, alternative choices are few and far between. Even the larger metropolitan areas which have a portfolio of water sources to draw from, such as the CAP, the SRP, and reclaimed water, also use groundwater to supplement their supplies.
Groundwater’s importance to our lives, our economy, and its role in the global water cycle cannot be overstated.
This week, the National Groundwater Water Association (NGWA) is celebrating its 20th Anniversary of National Groundwater Week which runs from March 10th to 16th. The theme for this year is “Think!” Arizona Project WET will be supporting their efforts to get the word out about groundwater with a variety of social media engagements. Be sure to check out our Facebook page and watch for some Tweets and more to help Celebrate Groundwater Awareness Week!
To help get the party started, here’s some groundwater facts from the NGWA:
Approximately 132 million Americans rely on groundwater for drinking water. It is used for irrigation, livestock, manufacturing, mining, thermoelectric power, and several additional purposes, making it one of the most widely used and valuable natural resources we have. Consider the following facts:
- Americans use 79.6 billion gallons of groundwater each day.
- Groundwater is 20 to 30 times larger than all U.S. lakes, streams, and rivers combined.
- 44 percent of the U.S. population depends on groundwater for its drinking water supply.
- More than 13.2 million households have their own well, representing 34 million people.
Please visit www.ngwa.org/gwaw2019 for more!