The Critical Importance of Groundwater

Did you know that groundwater makes up more than 90 percent of the available fresh water globally? In fact, nearly 50 percent of the U.S. population relies on groundwater for its drinking water supply, which also feeds surface-water bodies such as rivers and lakes.

Although the average consumer may not give it much thought, groundwater is a critical factor in managing and conserving one of our most precious natural resources. That’s why several thousand water management professionals recently came together in Las Vegas for the 2012 NGWA Groundwater Expo and Annual Meeting.

For those not familiar with the event, the NGWA Ground Water Expo brings together nearly 5,000 U.S. and international groundwater professionals dedicated to advancing groundwater knowledge, management, and use of water. A variety of education sessions addressed such important challenges as treating water to make it potable, transporting it to where it is needed, using it in the most efficient manner, testing and analyzing its qualities, and cleaning it after its many uses.

Another major benefit of the event is the opportunity to experience all the latest products and technologies that provide solutions to these many challenges. The Xylem team met with hundreds of groundwater professionals from around the world on the show floor to discuss how the Goulds Water Technology, Global Water Instrumentation and YSI brands can help solve their specific challenges.

If you didn’t attend the show but would like to learn more, we have created a “virtual” NGWA trade show page where you can see all the products. Please feel free to submit questions you would like answered by the expert team of Xylem product managers.

Lastly, congratulations to Marvin Cosnahan for 46 years of dedicated service to the ground water industry. Marvin was presented with a special award during activities at NGWA.