DEQ recognizes National Ground Water Awareness Week, March 8-14
Ground water, the water beneath the earth’s surface, is vital to Idahoans. Ground water supplies approximately 95 percent of Idahoans with their drinking water.
National Ground Water Awareness Week will be observed March 8-14, 2015, to foster citizen awareness of the importance of ground water resources in Idaho.
To help protect human health and ground water quality and conserve water resources in Idaho, the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Idaho Department of Water Resources (IDWR), Idaho State Department of Agriculture (ISDA), Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (DHW), and public health districts offer the following guidance:
- Test private wells for pollutants. Septic systems, animal waste, fertilizers and pesticides, flooding, and naturally occurring compounds such as arsenic and fluoride can contaminate ground water. Private well owners should have their well water tested for possible contaminants if their wells have never been tested or if the water tastes, smells, or looks strange. In addition, annual testing for bacteria, nitrate, and other contaminants of local concern is recommended.
- Prevent hazardous materials from seeping into the ground. Dispose of hazardous materials properly, use pesticides and fertilizers sparingly and according to label instructions, construct water wells properly, close/decommission problem wells, and properly maintain septic systems.
- Use water wisely. Conserve this valuable resource by using water-efficient appliances and toilets, using low-flow shower heads, fixing toilet and faucet leaks, and running the dishwasher only when it is full.
For more information, visit these websites:
- DEQ’s ground water quality webpage at www.deq.idaho.gov/water-quality/ground-water/protection.aspx
- DHW’s well water webpage at www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Health/EnvironmentalHealth/WellWater/tabid/1128/Default.aspx for information on well water testing
- IDWR’s well construction and drilling webpage at www.idwr.idaho.gov/
- ISDA’s water quality program webpage at www.agri.state.id.us/Categories/Environment/water/indexwater.php for information on monitoring for pesticides and education and prevention programs
- Public health districts’ contact information webpage at www.healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Health/HealthDistricts/tabid/97/Default.aspx for information on local testing options and technical assistance