Like many states across the nation, Georgia faces serious water challenges. Booming population stressing the supply, environmental impacts on quality and developing technologies to improve efficient use. For the past 30 years, the University of Georgia has been at the forefront of research and programs aimed at increasing water use efficiency including:
- Improving Irrigation Technology. The Agricultural Water Efficiency Team from the University of Georgia Extension works with farmers and agents to connect them with a wide array of resources to help them irrigate more efficiently, saving them time and money, and ensuring a high level of water use efficiency in Georgia’s agriculture industry.
- Conservation Education for the Next Generation. Through the Agricultural Water Use Education Program, University of Georgia Extension agents visit schools across the state and lead activities that teach students how to conserve water. The course curriculum includes information on ways we can obtain water, how water is used in agriculture, the different types of irrigation systems along with the advantages and disadvantages of each type, and the latest innovations in water conservation methods. Through these lessons, UGA is able to inspire a new generation of eco-friendly Georgia citizens.
- Protecting Georgia’s Private Water Wells. Most drinking water sources in rural southwest Georgia are private wells. Since this part of the state relies heavily on agriculture, runoff can be a source of pollution and contamination for these water sources. Agents from UGA’s Randolph County Extension program produce flyers, newspaper articles, and monthly bulletins to inform and educate local communities about the importance of well and water testing. As a result of their educational efforts, the amount of well testing in the county increased by 45% within the year.
These are just a few examples of ways the University of Georgia is working to address the state’s water challenges. For additional ways you can help ensure these programs and others like them continue to produce real results for your community, please click here.
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