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Posted on: March 15, 2019

Groundwater Awareness is Everyone's Business

The City of Big Bear Lake Department of Water and Power  is an official groundwater protector and encourages everyone to join us during the National Ground Water Association’s (NGWA) 20th anniversary of National Groundwater Awareness Week (#GWAW). #GWAW is an annual observance established to highlight the responsible development, management, and use of groundwater. The event is also a platform to encourage yearly water well testing and well maintenance.

While DWP’s mission as an organization is to cost effectively deliver quality water to meet the needs of our current and future customers, there are hundreds of Bear Valley residents who supply their own water through groundwater wells. During #GWAW our goal is to inform all valley residents about the value of groundwater and the importance of water quality issues.

One of our current goals is to encourage customers to stay informed by reading the annual Consumer Confidence Reports that are sent to them in the mail. Another goal is to encourage private well owners to check their water quality as recommended and visit for information and resources.


This year’s theme, Think, was designed to urge each of us to consider various ways we can protect our most valuable natural resource. So Think about not running the water while you brush your teeth. Or Think about getting that leaking faucet fixed. Think about the farmers that rely on groundwater to grow the food we eat. And Think about having your well inspected to protect your drinking water system. In short, during #GWAW, Think about our future.  

Get Involved

NGWA encourages everyone to become official “groundwater protectors” by taking steps to conserve and protect the resource. Businesses, individuals, educators, students, federal agencies, cities, associations, and everyone in between can ask to be added to NGWA’s groundwater protector list through its website or on social media. Have an awesome story to tell? Great! Send it to NGWA and they might highlight your efforts.


Approximately 132 million Americans rely on groundwater for drinking water. It is used for irrigation, livestock, manufacturing, mining, thermoelectric power, and several additional purposes, making it one of the most widely used and valuable natural resources we have. Consider the following facts:

  • Americans use 79.6 billion gallons of groundwater each day.
  • Groundwater is 20 to 30 times larger than all U.S. lakes, streams, and rivers combined.
  • 44 percent of the U.S. population depends on groundwater for its drinking water supply.
  • More than 13.2 million households have their own well, representing 34 million people.

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