Underground Water Resources are arguably Monroe County's most valuable natural resource. A large percentage of Monroe County residents acquire their potable drinking water from beneath the surface of the ground. Aquifers are underground geological "pools" from which water wells extract water for drinking, often times with little or no treatment. Aquifer protection is not often considered with the development of new municipal systems. However, this is the most critical time to consider sealing your aquifer to protect our community resource from contamination. There is a great need to protect this underground resource because contamination can occur quickly from malfunctioning septic fields, agricultural pest control chemicals, and fertilizers.