Ginger Davis, Conservation Administrator
Sourcewater can be a complex system, but in essence it is all the water that contributes to drinking water. Drinking water comes directly from under the ground, in a lake, or within a stream depending on where you live, but what feeds water to the stream or groundwater can come from a variety of locations. Water that rains on places like buildings and parking lots, back yards, gas stations, and golf courses can all end up in our drinking water and is the source of the water we drink. The everyday choices we make will influence the quality of drinking water in a positive or negative way. This is why it is very important to understand that what you do and put on the ground, parking lot, yard, or building can influence and travel into the water you drink.
Sourcewater protection is the act of understanding and limiting the negative impact from choices and management of the land and structures within our community to decrease the impact to our drinking water. It is important for every single person to make it a priority and take steps to help protect our drinking water. For most of us there are simple things that can be done to protect the sourcewater, for others that manage large tracks of land or complexes this may take a bit more work. However, the work is worth it to protect our drinking water for your family, friends, community and future generations.
In central Indiana, we may not think too often about not having access to clean drinking water, but the threat is real. With our ample amount of water in the rain and groundwater, we do not recognize that our water is constantly at risk. Risks can surface when groundwater is pumped and not allowed to return, or recharge the aquifer, or contamination from pollutants threatens either our streams or water under the ground that make up our water supplies.
Everything is connected through the water cycle and it is important to remember everyone lives downstream. What you do today can affect local water quality and quantity. In fact, since the quantity of water in any given source can greatly affect the quality of that water, it is important to protect both quality and quantity. In order to ensure a healthy of supply of water now and into the future, there are many actions landowners can take.
These are some of the things you can do to protect your water:
Conserve water. Take steps to conserve water at your business, around your home, and in your yard. This will save you money and help the environment.
Other Practical Ideas for conserving water for at the home, on the farm, or at work:
Water Conservation in the House:
If you run an Agricultural Operation:
If you own Land Along or Around Water:
At the workplace