PROTECT YOUR GROUNDWATER DAY:
A call to protect public health and the environment
The Chatham County Public Health Department in conjunction with the National Ground Water Association encourages every person to protect public health and the health of the environment by protecting groundwater, beginning on Protect Your Groundwater Day, September 6.
In North Carolina, 52% percent of the population regularly depends on groundwater, and 2.7 million North Carolinians rely on privately owned and operated household water wells for their drinking water supply. Another 1.5 million residents rely on groundwater-supplied community water systems.
For household water well owners, managing the well system and one’s property can make a difference in water quality. People who do not use household wells also can make a difference in groundwater quality—for instance, by how they store, use, and dispose of hazardous household substances, or how well they maintain their septic systems.
Additionally, with drought gripping parts of the United States, protecting groundwater through conservation is more important than ever.
Protect Your Groundwater Day is an occasion for every citizen to ACT: Acknowledge the issue, Consider how it applies to you, then Take action. Here are some action steps individuals can take.
- Inspect your well and sample the water annually
- Repair failing septic systems
- Permanently abandon wells that are no longer in use
- Store hazardous chemicals including gasoline and fertilizer a safe distance from your well.
For more information about the above steps or other actions you can take to protect groundwater, please contact the Chatham County Environmental Health Division at 919-542-8208.