It’s National Groundwater Awareness Week! To celebrate, we'll share why groundwater is such an important resource here in MA, and acknowledge the work some of our partners have done to conserve groundwater.
About Groundwater in Massachusetts
Groundwater serves over 500,000 MA residents, making it an important resource for the state. And with a statewide average of around 49” of rainfall each year to recharge groundwater levels, groundwater is considered a renewable resource. The rock (or even materials like gravel or sand) that contain ample groundwater are called aquifers. Aquifers serve as reservoirs for groundwater. Groundwater aquifers are connected to surface waters—in fact, the volume of water in our lakes, ponds, and streams is directly related to groundwater levels in the aquifer. This is especially true in the relatively shallow aquifers of Massachusetts. Consequently, any process that depletes groundwater sources can lead to lower water levels in lakes, ponds, and streams, which stresses on these ecosystems.
The two biggest culprits in depleting groundwater sources are droughts and overuse. The 2016 drought, the threat of more droughts due to climate change, and the reality of growing populations using more water have spurred some public water suppliers to take steps to protect their water resources for the future. The Dedham-Westwood Water District (DWWD), who supplies their customers with groundwater from fourteen wells, encourages their customers to conserve water using an app called Dropcountr.
CRWA is partnering with DWWD to provide this app for homeowners to track water usage. The free Dropcountr app allows residents of Dedham and Westwood to track their monthly water use, compare it to similar households, connect with utility alerts and rebates and receive direct support. Dedham and Westwood residents can set up a free Dropcountr account today by downloading the app from the Apple or Android App Store, or signing up online.You will need your name and account number as it appears on your Dedham-Westwood Water District bill.