Water community marks Hispanic Heritage Month

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The American Water Works Association and the water community kicked off a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month today.

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“Generations of Hispanic and Latino Americans have lent their labor and talents to the water and wastewater community in the United States,” said David LaFrance, AWWA chief executive officer.

The American Water Works Association and the water community kicked off a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month today. Throughout the month, AWWA and its members will pay tribute to the many contributions the Hispanic-Latino community has made to the water community, the nation and the world.

“Generations of Hispanic and Latino Americans have lent their labor and talents to the water and wastewater community in the United States,” said David LaFrance, AWWA chief executive officer. “It is through their efforts that much of the early water and wastewater infrastructure was built, and it will be this generation’s ingenuity and skill from which solutions will be drawn to address our future infrastructure needs. In honor of our Hispanic and Latino members I raise a glass of tap water to them for their commitment to creating a better world through better water.”

To commemorate the occasion, AWWA and its members will celebrate with events and other activities at public and private water and wastewater utilities across the United States, highlighting the critical role the Hispanic-Latino community has played in the history of the water community.

About Hispanic Heritage Month
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Additional information is available on the Hispanic Heritage Month website.

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Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.

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