This week is National Groundwater Awareness Week, an annual observance established in 1999 to highlight the responsible development, management, and use of groundwater. During this week, the National Groundwater Association calls for advocates who understand the important role groundwater plays in our lives and communities to educate friends, families, and leaders about the value of proper groundwater management.
According to the National Groundwater Association, only 1 percent of the water on Earth is usable for consumption by humans, 99 percent of which is groundwater. The United States uses 82.3 billion gallons per day of fresh groundwater for public supply, private supply, irrigation, livestock, manufacturing, mining, thermoelectric power, and other purposes, according to the US Geological Survey.
Providing a clean and sustainable water supply is one of the most important services that Jones Edmunds provides to our clients and the citizens of our state. Our technical expertise allows us to supply our clients with a wide range of hydrogeological services, from testing and monitoring to full-scale hydrogeological investigations. Our Aquifer Recharge projects, like the SWFWMD Flatford Swamp which is under construction, work to renew groundwater resources and/or offset salt-water intrusion. We also perform Alternative Water Supply studies like the Sweetwater Branch/Paynes Prairie Sheetflow Restoration project for the City of Gainesville that look for aquifer recharge projects via land application with treatment components such as leaky wetlands to reduce nutrient loads to springs. We work to safeguard public drinking water systems and public health while satisfying the needs of the environment.