Limestone County Water and Sewer Authority is the Groundwater Guardian for Limestone County.
What is the Groundwater Guardian program?
Groundwater Guardian is a program that supports, recognizes, and connects communities protecting groundwater. It is designed to empower local citizens and communities to take voluntary steps toward protecting their groundwater resources. Groundwater Guardian can be a catalyst for groundwater protection programs such as a local wellhead protection or a source water protection program. Groundwater Guardian is not a regulatory program, rather it relies on voluntary steps developed at the community level.
Why should groundwater be protected?
Clean groundwater is vital resource that is all too often taken for granted. Groundwater nourishes both the environmental and economic health of our communities. Groundwater provides:
- 50% of America's drinking water
- 90% of rural America's drinking water
- 25% of industrial and mining water
- 34% of agricultural water (mostly irrigation)
- 40% of the average annual streamflow
Contamination of groundwater is a severe problem because contaminants in the soil introduced from the surface, such as discarded or spilled motor oil, or from below the surface, such as leaking underground gasoline storage tanks or septic tanks, tend to spread unnoticed until detected in a water supply well. Once contaminated, groundwater is extremely expensive and difficult to clean. Preventing groundwater contamination is simpler and cheaper than trying to clean it up in the future.
Limestone County Groundwater Festival
The Groundwater Festival is held each March at Athens State University. The event serves over 1000 fourth graders from all schools in Limestone County.
The festival is designed to educate students about groundwater as natural resource - what it is, how it works, and its environmental benefits.
Students will be involved in hands-on activities to learn about the water cycle, the water filtration process, and the function of wells in supplying water.