ARTICLES Jun 18, 2021

Aquifers

Most groundwater, including a significant amount of our drinking water, comes from aquifers. Aquifers are a layer of rock or soil that can hold water. This is the precipitation that has seeped through the soil. In order to access this water, a well must be created by drilling a hole that reaches the aquifer. While wells are manmade points of discharge for aquifers, they also discharge naturally at springs and in wetlands. Aquifers are not underground rivers, but water contained in porous rock, soil or gravel.

Aquifers [Source: National Geographic]

Most groundwater, including a significant amount of our drinking water, comes from aquifers. Aquifers are a layer of rock or soil that can hold water. This is the precipitation that has seeped through the soil. In order to access this water, a well must be created by drilling a hole that reaches the aquifer. While wells are manmade points of discharge for aquifers, they also discharge naturally at springs and in wetlands. Aquifers are not underground rivers, but water contained in porous rock, soil or gravel.