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World Water Day focused on groundwater

World Water Day focused on groundwater

Posted: 2022-03-16 10:35:59 By: thebay

In anticipation of World Water Day on Tuesday, March 22, the Muskoka Watershed Council is encouraging the community to learn more about the importance of groundwater and how to protect it.

It’s also an opportunity for everyone to consider this scary fact: there are 2 billion people on the planet living without access to safe water. Thousands of Canadians, perhaps even tens of thousands, don’t have access to safe and clean water right now.

It’s why this year’s World Water Day theme is Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible. The vast majority of liquid freshwater is groundwater, which supports drinking water supplies, sanitation systems, farming, industry, and ecosystems.

In Muskoka, with our abundance of surface water, most municipalities get their water from various lakes. One exception is Port Sydney, where water is drawn from a well.

Many Muskoka residents, living outside of our larger communities, are dependent on deep groundwater wells for their water.

Groundwater is water found underground in aquifers, which for most of Muskoka, are located below bedrock. Groundwater is slowly recharged mainly from rain and snowfall infiltrating the ground.

But while it may be deep underground, seemingly separate from surface waters, groundwater is not a never-ending source of water for us to draw from.

If we exhaust a groundwater source, it does not usually replenish over weeks or months but over decades or longer.

Groundwaters are susceptible to human activity and pollution: toxic materials can leach into an aquifer and contaminate its groundwater.

The Muskoka Watershed Council notes that Exploring, protecting, and sustainably using groundwater will be central to surviving and adapting to climate change and meeting the needs of a growing population.

To learn more about this issue and ways to protect Muskoka’s water, visit: www.muskokawatershed.org