How can YOU protect groundwater?
Though groundwater is somewhat protected since it is located underground it is vulnerable to contamination. Pollutants can seep through the soil and contaminate groundwater years after being deposited on the surface.
Proactive protection efforts are much more cost-effective than clean-up efforts.
Here is what you can do:
Dispose of potential pollutants properly:
Do not pour chemicals down the drain or on the ground
Take used motor oil to a recycling center
Do not flush medications or personal care items down the toilet
Keep the storm drains clean:
Sweep grass clipping, fertilizers and leaves from driveways, sidewalks and streets
Don’t over fertilize
Install a rain garden
Be conscious of the water you use and conserve whenever possible:
Check for leaky faucets and have them fixed
Keep a pitcher of drinking water in the refrigerator
Shut off the water while brushing your teeth
Take shorter showers
Run full load of dishes and laundry
Water lawn and plants only as needed
Install rain barrels
Reduce, reuse and recycle
Water is required to produce things, the more you do the 3 Rs the less water used!
Watch this musical animation while learning about the importance of groundwater to living things -- including people -- and how to help protect this hidden resource. The Groundwater Story is designed for kids and adults who like watching funny cartoons while learning.
This Flash animation requires Macromedia Flash 5 or newer to view. Flash file size is 6.5 Mb; time to download depends on your connection speed and how busy our Web server is at the time. Animation play time, 3 minutes, 43 seconds.
This online groundwater animation was produced by Leaping Media through Seattle Public Schools and in coordination with King County's Groundwater Protection Program. The movie project was funded by a Splash water quality educational grant from King County with additional support from Water Tenders and City of Renton, Washington.