Used by permission of the
St. Johns River Water Management District.
began in 1940. In 1946 several members of the Illinois Well Drillers
Association came to Florida to solicit the assistance of the
Florida Association in the organization of a national association.
With the assistance of the Florida and several other state associations,
the National Water Well Association was formed in 1948 in Peoria,
Illinois. In 1951 in Orlando and again in 1961 in Miami Beach,
the Florida Association hosted the National's annual conventions
and trade shows.
In 1994 the name of the assocation was changed
to Florida Ground Water Association to correspond with the National's.
The association includes all segments of the industry; namely,
contractors, suppliers, manufacturers, and scientists and engineers
with a common goal to foster new economic and beneficial developments
for the industry.
In 1972 as an affiliate of the National Water Well Association,
the name of the association was changed to Florida Water
Well Association. Also in 1972 the Florida Association was
instrumental in the passage of the Florida State Licensing
Act (Dept. of Natural Resources HB2968) under which the industry
is now governed.
The mission of the Florida
Ground Water Association is to provide professional and technical
leadership in the advancement of the ground water industry and in
the protection, the promotion, and the responsible development and
use of ground water resources in the State of Florida. In support
of this mission, we are committed to: Serving as a Statewide education
and information resource; serving as a communication link for our
diverse membership to allow them to address their unique needs and
the issues facing the ground water industry; and serving the people
and the organizations who produce, study, utilize, remediate, market
protect or manage ground water or related products and services in
the State of Florida.
This association was organized in 1935 by a
group of well drilling contractors at the old Las Novadados Restaurant
in Tampa as the Florida Well Drillers Association; the purpose
of which was to further the principles of the industry and to
protect Florida's water resources.