Groundwater, while invisible, is an important and vital water source for humanity. In fact, did you know that it provides drinking water for as much as 50% of the global population? It also accounts for 43% of the water used for irrigation of crops.
Sustainable management of groundwater is of the utmost importance for humanity. One of the biggest challenges we face is knowing how to produce sufficient food for humanity without destroying the soil, water, and climate. And this is a problem we haven’t cracked yet.
Interesting Groundwater Facts
When rain falls to the ground, some of it is used by vegetation, and the rest seeps into the ground becoming a part of our groundwater. This excess underground water is stored in aquifers, which are geological formations consisting of permeable material capable of storing significant quantities of water.
- Groundwater makes up 99% of Earth’s liquid fresh water supply and plays an important role in the water cycle.
- Groundwater controls many features on the Earth’s surface. For example, it is responsible for the type of foliage that grows in certain areas. The depth of the groundwater usually impacts the plants found in certain regions.
- The dissolution of carbonate rocks by flowing groundwater is responsible for creating cave systems and sinkholes.
- Some scientific measurements show that many of Earth’s major aquifers are being depleted.
- Another threat to groundwater is pollution resulting from human activity. Humans create chemicals and wastes that leech into groundwater thus polluting it. This has an effect on humanity, but nature, and wildlife as well!
- Did you know that groundwater also has an impact on our economy? Groundwater IS the main source of water for irrigation and the food industry! If something happens to our groundwater, the food industry can be severely impacted!
Groundwater is naturally refilled via rain and snowmelt. Unfortunately, the snowmelt in the United States is slowly receding due to climate change (especially in the Western United States).
Is Missouri’s Groundwater Polluted?
There has been cause for concern in recent years as to whether or not Springfield Missouri (and surrounding areas) groundwater has been polluted. The answer to this question may scare you.
A Little About TCE
TCE is a known carcinogen or cancer-causing substance. The federal government says TCE can cause problems including kidney cancer, liver cancer, and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. TCE can also be a cause of non-cancerous problems in the male reproductive system; the immune and nervous systems; and the kidneys and liver.
The chemical was used as a cleaning agent for electronic circuit boards at two 20th-century industrial sites in northwest Springfield and Willard. The Springfield site, once occupied by Litton Systems, is now owned by Northrop Grumman, a global defense contractor with more than $30 billion in 2018 revenues.
The Willard site was owned by Electro-Pac. It operated from 1972 to 1974. DNR officials said Thursday night that Electro-Pac discharged TCE wastewater directly into an unlined lagoon. Now long-defunct, Electro-Pac has no “responsible party,” or corporate successor, to pay for the cleanup.
As Valerie Wilder, Superfund section chief for DNR, told the gathering, the principle at work in this type of situation is “the polluter pays.” By legal order, Northrop Grumman is cooperating with, and paying for, TCE testing and cleanup at the direction of DNR officials.
In other words, the damage has already been done, and Springfield families are paying for it! It was a concern shared by many of those who attended: Their wells tested clean as part of ongoing monitoring routines. But nearby neighbors’ wells didn’t. Frequently, those TCE test results showed the chemical was present, but at levels within the federal standard for safe drinking water.
What Can You Do About Groundwater Pollution?
One of the things we recommend is to get your water tested. Whether you use tap water or well water, it’s never too late to have a specialist come out and test your water.
If you are interested in receiving a hassle-free quote on a whole-home water purification system or would like to have your water tested (for a small fee) give us a call today! Springfield is (417) 881-4000 and Lake of the Ozarks area/Central Missouri (573) 692-4009.
About Aquasani Water Purification Systems & Filter Maintenance
Aquasani is an authorized dealer for Rainsoft, WaterLogic, & JavaSmart. Based in Springfield, Mo., and at Lake of the Ozarks / Osage Beach in Missouri, Aquasani services areas in the Ozarks including Osage Beach, Joplin, Camdenton, Aurora and even Jefferson City. In essence, we service Mid-Missouri, Southwest Missouri, and Northwest Arkansas, and have been servicing these areas since 2004. We provide home water softener systems, drinking water filtration systems, whole-house air purification systems, and problem-solving water filtration systems for homes and offices. We also service other water softeners like Culligan, Sterling, Hydroquad, Pro-Series, and Whirlpool to name a few!
Aside from our purification systems, we also sell all-natural cleaning products and household items which are environmentally friendly and low-cost.
We specialize in both air and water filtration and purification for commercial businesses and residential homes. If that isn’t enough, we provide free trials for our water cooler services. If you would like a free estimate, schedule an appointment with us by calling (417) 881-4000 or (573) 692-4009 if you are in the Lake of the Ozarks area.
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