National Groundwater Awareness Week will be celebrated March 9-15.

 

Groundwater, the water that fills the cracks and porous areas between rock and sand, is relied upon by 96 percent of U.S. rural population for fresh drinking water. In addition to private water supply, the United States uses 79.6 billion gallons per day of fresh groundwater for public supply, irrigation, livestock, manufacturing, mining, thermoelectric power, and other purposes.

 

For this reason, this precious resource is being celebrated.

 

With the sponsorship of the Central Regional Groundwater Committee, the Tazewell County Health Department, Peoria County Health Department, Woodford County Health Department, and the Mason Soil and Water Conservation will be offering free private water testing for private well owners in Tazewell, Peoria, Woodford and Mason Counties to recognize National Groundwater Awareness Week.

 

The National Ground Water Association recommends routine well maintenance checks to help ensure water quality and proper operation of the well. It is also recommended your well be tested annually or anytime there is a change of taste, color, odor, appearance or after the system has been serviced.

 

Private well owners may collect free sample bottles from the Tazewell County Health Department, Peoria County Health Department, Woodford County Health Department or Mason County Soil and Water Conservation and drop it off for free water testing on between 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m. March 9-11 during Groundwater Awareness Week. Well water will be tested for nitrates and total coliform bacteria. This offer is available to private well owners only.

 

For more information contact:  Emily Starzynski at 925-5511 ext. 257 for Tazewell County.

Will Hayes at 679-6161 for Peoria County. Eric Lane at 467-3064 for Woodford County. Amy Ishmael at 543-6075 ext 3 for Mason County.