Hi, I’m groundwater. You might not realize it but you and me – we spend a lot of time together. You drink me, cook and wash with me and so much more.
When you turn on the tap do you ever wonder how I get there? It’s a bit of a journey for me. I get a lot of help along the way to make sure I’m clean and safe for you to drink.
Join me on my adventures! Learn about me – your drinking water. Find out where I live, how I get to your tap and what you can do to help keep me healthy. You can also find more on the Region of Waterloo website.
I want to hear from you. Share your ideas or ask me a question and I’ll do my best to answer it.
You might not realize it but you and groundwater spend a lot of time together. Groundwater is the water you drink, cook and wash with and so much more. Check out the I Am Groundwater blog to learn more. #iamgroundwaterblogTweet
One-third of Americans more than 102 million people get their drinking water from public water systems that use groundwater. The EPA regulates drinking water quality in public water systems. You can find out more about your local drinking water quality and possible contaminants by viewing your consumer confidence report (CCR), which most utility companies are required to provide to customers. An estimated 43 million Americans get their water from private groundwater wells, which are not subject to EPA regulations. Private groundwater wells can provide safe, clean water. However, contamination that can cause sickness also can occur in well water. If you have a well, you should take steps to protect it and have the water tested annually to make sure your water is safe from harmful germs and chemicals. State and local health departments provide information to help well users protect their drinking water.
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If you live in Waterloo Region, the Region of Waterloo and the local municipalities release water quality reports each year. The Region’s reports are available at http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/water-reports. If you have a private well visit the Region’s Public Health web page at http://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/privatewellwater for testing information and to sign up for reminders.