In a year like this, nothing can be more obvious than the importance of water, especially ground water when it is not falling from the sky. And even before this year, the National Ground Water Association (NGWA) established Protect your Ground Water Day to help bring awareness to the importance of protection this valuable natural resource. The group points to the more than 13 million households that rely on groundwater for their drinking water, especially in rural areas, as the need to raise awareness.
As we have seen through Missouri's Emergency Drought Relief Program, water is very important to farm animals as well. NGWA cites that almost 30 percent of all US livestock rely on ground water for their survival creating an economic impact of over $64 million from the groundwater used for their survival. According to these numbers, for every 50 million gallons used per day, $1 million of economic impact is created from livestock, making it extremely vital to the health our agricultural economy as well as our communities.
To learn more about he importance of ground water to your community and ways to protect it visit the team at NGWA online at http://www.ngwa.org/Events-Education/awareness/Pages/default.aspx.