High and dry

“Drought, restrictions lead to boom in water well drilling” (mywesttexas.com)

“Well drilling as an option for drought relief” (wptv.com)

“Drought keeps well drillers busy” (riverreporter.com)

“Texas Drought Leads to High Demand for Water Wells” (NY Times)

As much of our country suffers from drought conditions this summer, our fellow groundwater professionals are working their tails off. For us, dry conditions mean drilling deeper, resetting or replacing pumps, making service calls, moving product. The same conditions that threaten others’ businesses often increase the momentum of our own.

Farmers need to keep their crops alive. Communities need to supply water to their citizens and businesses. Homeowners need to take care of their families. When they run out of water, they call us.

In the midst of helping people keep their taps flowing, we should remember that as groundwater professionals, perhaps more than anyone else we have a responsibility to be good stewards of this critical, life-sustaining resource. It is our job to make sure our customers know how to take care of the water they have.

Water conservation doesn’t just apply to times of drought. Our use or misuse of this resource has long-reaching effects regardless of the surrounding weather conditions. Consider this excerpt from the Water Systems Council’s information sheet on water conservation:

Water conservation saves money by reducing wear and tear on your well and septic system. The hundreds of gallons of water released from your home each day eventually saturates the soil in and around the septic field to the point where extensive repair or replacement is necessary. The cost to replace a septic system can reach $4,000 or more. Conserving water will extend the life of the system and delay the need for repair.

Water conservation also helps protect the environment and the quality of your drinking water.  High demand on limited water supplies may affect stream flow, wetlands and the capacity of an aquifer to recharge its supply of groundwater.  Old, leaky and overloaded septic systems may cause nutrient and bacterial contamination of nearby wells, lakes and streams.

These, among others, are very good reasons to make water conservation practices into habits.

As a water systems contractor, you can add value to your service calls and by providing your customers with helpful and relevant tips on protecting the water supply. Small changes such as turning off taps while brushing teeth, shaving, or washing, switching from sprinklers to soaker hoses, and repairing leaky faucets can make a big difference over time. (For more tips you can leave with your customer, CLICK HERE to review the water conservation info sheet or visit www.watersystemscouncil.org.) When you walk away from that service call, your customer will view you as a partner rather than a vendor—and you’ll be ensuring the future of our industry.

Note: Tammy Davis, Director of Corporate Communications at Franklin Electric, provided this week’s post as a guest blogger.

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