Top 10 Ways to Protect and Conserve Groundwater


  1. Go Native. Use native plants in your landscape. They look great, and don't need much water or fertilizer. Choose grass varieties for your lawn that are adapted for your region's climate, reducing the need for extensive watering or chemical applications.
  2. Reduce Chemical Use. Use fewer chemicals around your home and yard, and make sure to dispose of them properly - don't dump them on the ground!
  3. Manage Waste. Properly dispose of potentially toxic substances like unused chemicals, paint, motor oil, pharmaceuticals, and other substances. Many communities hold household hazardous waste collections or sites - contact your local health department to find one near you.
  4. Don't Let It Run. Shut off the water when you brush your teeth or shaving.
  5. Fix the Drip. Check all the faucets, fixtures, toilets, and taps in your home for leaks and fix them right away, or install water conserving models.
  6. Wash Smarter. Limit yourself to just a five minute shower, and challenge your family members to do the same!
  7. Water Wisely. Water the lawn and plants during the coolest parts of the day and only when they truly need it.
  8. Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. Reduce the amount of "stuff" you use and reuse what you can. Recycle paper, plastic, cardboard, glass, aluminum and other materials.
  9. Natural Alternatives. Materials such as lemon juice, baking soda, and vinegar make great cleaning products, are inexpensive, and environmentally-friendly.
  10. Learn and Do More! Get involved in water education! Learn more about groundwater and share your knowledge with others.

Visit the Groundwater Foundation for more information.