HARTFORD >> The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection has put a spotlight on the importance of drinking water supply aquifers with the release of a new aquifer video titled, “What is an Aquifer?”

Aquifers are one of the most precious natural resources, providing clean, safe, reliable sources of water for drinking, bathing and other household uses. Groundwater from the aquifers is used in large quantities for industry, agriculture, manufacturing, fire protection and energy production. Groundwater provides base flow to streams, rivers and lakes. About two-thirds of Connecticut’s residents rely on groundwater for their drinking water supply, whether it be from private wells or public water supply wells.

“DEEP’s new video, ‘What is an Aquifer?’ unlocks the mystery of our fragile, hidden water resources, showing the viewer how an aquifer is recharged and holds water, how it can be contaminated, and how the aquifers can be cleaned of contamination,” said DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee.

“This new educational video strives to inform all citizens that Connecticut’s groundwater requires careful stewardship if we are to continue enjoying an abundant and clean supply,” Klee said.

DEEP has made the video about Connecticut’s groundwater available to teachers, students, administrators, municipal officials, local board and commission members, environmental groups and the general public.

The new video,”What is an Aquifer?” is available on DEEP’s website (video library) www.ct.gov/deep/videos and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/CTDEEPvideos.

For more information, visit www.ct.gov/deep/aquiferprotection.