Drinking Water Week Reminds North Americans of ‘Real and Lasting Value’ of Water Systems

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As Drinking Water Week continues, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) joins water professionals across North America in highlighting the importance of investing in water infrastructure.

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Water is vital to our continued quality of life, not only from a personal perspective, but from an economic one as well. They may be hidden underground, but healthy water systems assure us of a safe, reliable water supply.

As Drinking Water Week continues, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) joins water professionals across North America in highlighting the importance of investing in water infrastructure.

“As we continue to make our way back from this recession, many of us are more closely evaluating the things that are most essential to our daily lives,” says AWWA Executive Director David LaFrance. “Water is vital to our continued quality of life, not only from a personal perspective, but from an economic one as well. They may be hidden underground, but healthy water systems assure us of a safe, reliable water supply.”

Today individuals and communities demand a solid “return on investment” for each dollar spent, and investing in water systems provides just that. In fact, a 2008 study by the U.S. Conference of Mayors showed that for every dollar invested in public water and sewer infrastructure and services, approximately $8.97 is added to the national economy through news jobs in engineering, pipe and valve manufacturing, concrete, construction work and more.

With more than one million miles of water mains in North America – many of which are approaching the end of their useful lives -- the cost of water service is likely to rise in the coming years. Deferring needed maintenance will result in higher costs in the future.

About Drinking Water Week

For more than 35 years, the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together and recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives.

AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the entire water community. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment.

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