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National Groundwater Awareness Week

American Agricultural Laboratory joins NGWA’s National Groundwater Awareness Week

McCook, NE – March 9, 2018 Today, American Agricultural Laboratory officially joined National Groundwater Awareness Week (#GWAW2018), an annual observance established by the National Ground Water Association to highlight the responsible development, management, and use of water. During the week of March 11-17, 2018 American Agricultural Laboratory will be offering $5.00 off their Complete Drinking Water Test #2, or $3.00 off a Nitrate plus Bacteria Test #4, to anyone that mentions Promo Code NGWAW. National Groundwater Awareness Week is also a platform to encourage yearly water well testing and well maintenance to prevent waterborne illnesses. EPA suggests that private water wells be tested annually (at a minimum) for at least Nitrates and Bacteria. The kit required for collecting a sample can be picked up at the lab or ordered by phone. 700 West D Street, McCook, NE 308-345-3670.

American Agricultural Laboratory is certified by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services for the testing of public and private potable water sources.  “Our goal is to help protect our water sources and give homeowners and municipalities peace of mind.   By knowing what is in their water they can fix or treat any issues that might affect their health.” Said Christine Grooms the Quality Assurance/Quality Control Manager at American Agricultural Lab.   “A clean supply of fresh water has economic considerations as well, not just for drinking, but for producing food and industrial uses. We want to help educate people on the importance of protecting our soil, forest and wet lands that help to filter our water.”

Established in 1999, National Groundwater Awareness Week provides an opportunity for people to learn about the importance of groundwater and how the resource impacts lives. “Approximately 132 million Americans rely on groundwater for drinking water, so, simply put, the resource makes life possible,” said Aaron Martin, public relations and awareness manager of NGWA. “Additionally, groundwater 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:

  • Americans use 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 2 million households have their own well, representing 34 million people.

The 2018 GWAW theme of “Tend. Test. Treat.” was established to encourage a more holistic approach to sustain an adequate supply of quality water. Testing your water might prompt well inspection and maintenance, and water treatment can mitigate naturally occurring contamination revealed by the test. So, test your water, tend to your well system, then treat the water if necessary.

NGWA encourages every person to be a “groundwater advocate” both during National Groundwater Awareness Week and beyond by protecting and conserving groundwater. For more shareable information on the event, including:

  • Social media toolkit
  • Facts about groundwater
  • Event FAQs
  • Logos and graphics
  • Videos

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About: American Agricultural Laboratory has been providing quality analytical services for over 41 years throughout North America.  It has high ratings in proficiency from several certifying and accrediting bodies and provides fast turnaround times. The lab specializes in the analysis of Water, Soil, Nematodes, Feeds, Hay, Manure and Compost. The lab supplies fertilizer recommendations along with the soil test results to help farmers maximize their yields, save money and protect the environment. The staff and management of American Agricultural Lab take pride in supplying their clients with friendly personalized service and “Analysis You Can Grow With”.