Protecting Water Quality at Home Highlighted during this Week’s Drinking Water Week

As Drinking Water Week continues, the American Water Works Association joins water professionals across North America in helping consumers learn to maintain high-quality water throughout their household plumbing systems.

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Drinking Water Week 2013

“As consumers, it’s up to us to help protect that water quality by maintaining our homes’ pipes and faucets,” said AWWA Executive Director David LaFrance.

DENVER (PRWEB) May 08, 2013

As Drinking Water Week continues, the American Water Works Association joins water professionals across North America in helping consumers learn to maintain high-quality water throughout their household plumbing systems.

After water enters a home, conditions in the home plumbing system can affect the water’s quality. “Our water providers work very hard to be sure that the water leaving the treatment plant meets all federal and state standards,” said AWWA Executive Director David LaFrance. “As consumers, it’s up to us to help protect that water quality by maintaining our homes’ pipes and faucets.”

To assist homeowners, AWWA has provided these top tips for maintaining water quality at home:
1.    Clean faucets and aerators regularly
2.    Clean and disinfect sinks and drains regularly
3.    Keep drains clear and unclogged
4.    Use cold water for drinking and preparing food
5.    Replace old plumbing and install certified “lead free” fixtures
6.    Flush cold water taps after household plumbing work or when the water hasn’t been used for several days
7.    Drain and flush your hot water heater annually
8.    Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the water heater, filters, treatment devices, softeners and any other products attached to the water system
9.    Do not connect hoses or other devices intended for non-drinking purposes to household drinking water faucets
10.    Keep hazardous chemicals and unsanitary materials away from drinking water faucets

Additional information about maintaining water quality at home is available at DrinkTap.org.

About Drinking Water Week
For more than 35 years, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. Additional information about Drinking Water Week, including free materials for download, is available on the Drinking Water Week web page.

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Founded in 1881, the American Water Works Association is an international, nonprofit, scientific and educational association committed to the safety and improvement of water quality and supply. Focusing its work in four strategic areas, Knowledge Creation and Exchange, Leadership and Advocacy, Member Engagement and Development, and Organizational Stewardship, AWWA unites the full spectrum of the water community to advance water management, education and science and to advocate for smart water policies.


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