Rainstorms replenish South Jersey drinking water supply

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March 8, 2018

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Rainstorms replenish South Jersey drinking water supply just in time for
Groundwater Awareness Week, March 11-17

MULLICA TOWNSHIP - While nor’easters and winter storms bring unwanted snow and rain, there are benefits to being inundated with water, one local well driller says. The storms since Jan. 1 that have dumped more than 13 inches of rainfall on the South Jersey area also replenished the Kirkwood-Cohansey aquafer, a 3,000-squre-mile reserve in the New Jersey Pinelands that supplies most of the region with clean, safe drinking water.

“Unlike the Left Coast, where water is being depleted by commercial farmers and confiscated by water barons, replenishment of the Coastal Plain aquafer keeps our drinking water well supplied for water companies, municipalities and those with private wells,” said Water Today President Doug Walker.
Known locally as “The Happy Well Driller,” Walker is a groundwater advocate who helps solve groundwater issues for those with private water supplies.

Walker said it is important for residents with private water supplies to ensure their water is safe for drinking by having periodic water tests and well inspections.
“National Groundwater Awareness Week, March 11-17, is a great time to remind folks to get an annual water test and do routine maintenance on their wells,” he said.

National Groundwater Awareness Week was established in 1999 to educate the public about how groundwater is the most widely used and valuable natural resource we have. “The Kirkwood-Cohansey aquafer not only provides residents with drinking water, but it also provides irrigation for farmers, livestock, manufacturing, mining and thermoelectric power,” Walker said.

According to the National Groundwater Association, Americans use 79.9 billion gallons of water each day, and 44 percent of the population depends on groundwater for its drinking supply. The theme for this year’s GWAW is “Test. Tend. Treat.” and is designed to provide a holistic approach to sustaining the supply of safe drinking water. “Testing your water may indicate it is time to get a well inspection,” Walker said. “If a well test indicates some type of contamination, then water treatment may be necessary.”

Because groundwater supports life itself, it is important to ensure the world’s most precious natural resource is clean and available for future generations.
Walker is available to speak to homeowners, business groups and educational institutions.

For more information, call The Happy Well Driller at Water Today, 609-965-6564.
Water Today has been providing quality irrigation and domestic supply wells and service for more than 30 years.

Doug Walker

“An experienced well professional is your best guarantee of a good supply of clean drinking water.”
- Doug Walker, The Happy Well Driller