Groundwater Awareness Day Celebrations Come to Fort Wayne, IN


Franklin Electric recently partnered with the National Ground Water Association's (NGWA) Groundwater Foundation and Amstutz Well Drilling to celebrate Groundwater Awareness Day with the public at Fort Wayne’s community Science Central.

Science Central bills itself as a “catalyst for learning,” and Groundwater Awareness Day activities both inside and outside the facility enhanced this experiential environment. Booths, hands-on activities and the presentation “Make Water Happen” allowed visitors to learn more about the importance of groundwater and the challenges communities face in keeping it clean and bringing it to the surface. Amstutz Well Drilling drew attention to the event – and the scale of equipment required to move groundwater – by showcasing their well drilling rig at the center’s entrance.

Inside the center, Franklin Electric and NGWA team members came together to host a variety of learning stations geared towards kids all ages. In addition, Franklin Electric donated 200 Awesome Aquifer Kits as part of the educational efforts. The NGWA’s Groundwater Foundation developed the kits, which contained the materials needed to build a model of an aquifer. Science Central plans to utilize additional kits for school, camp and scout programs. Click here to explore the complete gallery

Groundwater Awareness Day was celebrated in observance of Groundwater Awareness Week, a nationwide effort to bring public attention to the importance of groundwater and the critical work groundwater professionals do daily. Groundwater Awareness Day is one of several initiatives both the NGWA and Franklin Electric participate in to promote professional opportunities in groundwater and build a pipeline of talent for the future of the industry.

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With representatives from the Groundwater Foundation providing instruction, a Science
Central visitor uses an Awesome Aquifer Kit at the center's Groundwater Awareness Day event.

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Through coloring pages and word puzzles, Franklin Electric's Jennifer Ford explores the day-to-day impact of groundwater with the Science Central visitors.

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From drilling wells to pumping water to the surface, representatives of Franklin Electric and Amstutz Well Drilling deliver a presentation where they unveil the process to "Make Water Happen".

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Amstutz Well Drilling draw attention to the event – and the scale of equipment required to move groundwater – by showcasing their well drilling rig at the center’s entrance.

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Along with representatives of Franklin, during Groundwater Awareness Day, the center's visitors have fun while learning the cycle of water through a build-your-own bracelet activity.