2009 National Ground Water Awareness Week to be held March 8-14

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National Ground Water Awareness Week will be held March 8-14, a time to recognize the importance of ground water and water well stewardship to our nation's future, the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) said today.

NGWA will emphasize a four-point stewardship message of:
* Ground water protection
* Proper water well construction
* Regular well maintenance
* Regular water testing, and treatment, if necessary

'Mark these dates on your calendar, particularly public and private organizations with an interest in stewardship of our water resources. Consider how to promote ground water and water well stewardship during this week,' said NGWA Executive Director Kevin McCray. Organizations can find ideas for promoting ground water awareness in the Awareness Week section of the NGWA Web site, www.wellowner.org.

Not only do about 12 million households nationwide rely on private wells for their water supply, many community water systems rely on ground water in whole or part to meet water demands. Ground water makes up about 95 percent of all available fresh water.

Moreover, anyone can be a good steward of ground water, for instance, through the proper storage, use and disposal of hazardous household substances. These include common products such as gasoline and oil, paints and paint thinner, fertilizers, weed killers, pesticides and cleaning products.

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