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GROUNDWATER PROTECTION WHAT? WHY? HOW?

Groundwater is one of the world's most important natural resources, yet most of us do little to protect it. The fact is, a great many of us rely on groundwater for drinking, domestic, agricultural and industrial uses. Our natural environment, such as streams, fish, and wildlife also depend on groundwater. While the state of groundwater in British Columbia is relatively good, there is concern that not enough is being done to protect this valuable resource.

GROUNDWATER PROTECTION

WHAT IS GROUNDWATER?

Groundwater is all water below the ground surface.

WHY IS GROUNDWATER IMPORTANT?

In most rural areas of Canada groundwater is the only source of drinking water. In British Columbia, over 25% of the water used is groundwater. Streams rely on groundwater to sustain flows during the dry months. Safe groundwater is therefore important for the protection of both human health and our environment.

HOW CAN IT GET CONTAMINATED?

Groundwater is very susceptible to contamination, unless protected by a low permeability layer such as clay. Potential sources of contamination include:

  • Malfunctioning household septic systems
  • Careless disposal of cleaners, oil and antifreeze
  • Improper application of fertilizers and pesticides
  • Leaks from oil and chemical storage tanks
  • Industrial leaks and spills
  • Improper animal manure storage
  • Road salt
  • Landfills and garbage dumps

Fortunately, there are many things you can do to start protecting your groundwater resource. The time to start is now!

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CONTACT

Phone:
(250) 746-5268

Fax:
(250) 746-8404

Toll Free:
1-(800) 746-7444

Drillwell Enterprises Ltd
4994 Polkey Road
Duncan, BC
V9L 6W3
Canada

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