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File #: 27267    Version: 1 Name: Proclaiming September 11, 2012, as Protect Your Groundwater Day in the City of Madison.
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 7/31/2012 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: 9/18/2012 Final action: 9/18/2012
Enactment date: 9/20/2012 Enactment #: RES-12-00741
Title: Proclaiming September 11, 2012, as Protect Your Groundwater Day in the City of Madison.
Sponsors: Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Paul R. Soglin, Shiva Bidar, Lauren Cnare, Sue Ellingson, Michael E. Verveer, Matthew J. Phair, Anita Weier, Chris Schmidt, Marsha A. Rummel, Joseph R. Clausius, Brian L. Solomon, Paul E. Skidmore, Lisa Subeck, Bridget R. Maniaci, Steve King, Scott J. Resnick, Tim Bruer, Larry Palm, Jill Johnson, Mark Clear
Fiscal Note
No expenditure is required.
Title
Proclaiming September 11, 2012, as Protect Your Groundwater Day in the City of Madison.
Body
WHEREAS, groundwater - the water that fills cracks and other openings in beds of rocks and sand - is the most abundant fresh water resource in the world, making up an estimated 99 percent of all available fresh water worldwide; and

WHEREAS, groundwater is a renewable resource that can be replenished naturally by precipitation; and

WHEREAS, in Wisconsin, 674,519 households rely on privately owned water wells; 11,455 community water systems use groundwater to serve 1,670,000 residents; and 3,192 irrigation wells serve 853 farms and irrigate 357,744 acres; and

WHEREAS, Madison’s drinking water is drawn from groundwater, and our aquifer is being used faster than it is being replenished; and

WHEREAS, the actions of human beings can either help or hurt groundwater, in terms of quality and quantity, and protection involves keeping it safe from contamination and using it wisely by not wasting it; and

WHEREAS, much of Madison’s groundwater is in danger of contamination due to historical land use and improper waste disposal; and

WHEREAS, human activities can cause contamination by improper use or disposal of hazardous substances such as insecticides, pesticides and chemicals, or by not properly protecting abandoned private wells; and

WHEREAS, individuals can help prevent contamination by taking waste chemicals to a hazardous waste collection center, taking used motor oil to a recycling center, taking medications and personal care items to a local drug take-back program and using fertilizers, animal manures, herbicides, insecticides, and pesticides properly; and

WHEREAS, everyone can use good water conservation measures in their homes and workplaces by installing water-saving fixtures and modifying their behaviors to avoid wasting this precious resource, including:
· Checking for leaky faucets and fixtures and having them f...

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