Household water wells supply the domestic and livestock water needs of thousands of Kansans, especially in primarily rural western Kansas, with 5,000 new wells constructed in 2013 alone, according to data from the Kansas Geological Survey.
This week, March 9-15, is designated as National Groundwater Awareness Week. As part of the events planned in accordance with the week, a new array of free informational tools to help household water well owners care for their well systems and water supply are being provided.
The National Ground Water Association announced that 9 new online well owner lessons are available on its website. Also available on the website are two archived well owner webinars on water testing and water treatment. More lessons and webinars will be added in the coming months.
Important water source
"Most people don't realize that 44 percent of America's population relies on groundwater for all or part of its drinking water supply, but many rural families rely entirely on groundwater for their household water needs," said NGWA Public Awareness Director Cliff Treyens.
Groundwater is the water that fills cracks and other openings in beds of rock, gravel, and sand below the ground's surface. Worldwide, it is estimated that 99 percent of all available fresh water is groundwater.
There are nearly 15.9 million of these wells serving households, cities, business, and agriculture every day.
"Household well systems should be maintained and the water tested to protect your health and the health of your family," Treyens said. "Groundwater Awareness Week is a good time to go ahead and schedule a water test or well system inspection."
For guidance on how to get a test, interpret the results and get a water well system inspection, look at the website, including the online lessons and webinars available there.