To value water service, it’s important to recognize the thousands of water utilities across North America that work diligently to provide safe water to millions of people. They are responsible for monitoring more than 100 contaminants on a regular basis and staying in compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for drinking water. In Canada, Health Canada is responsible for publishing the Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality.
The infrastructure used to carry water from treatment plants to homes and businesses is also crucial. North American water systems are critical to maintaining public health, economic vitality, fire protection and quality of life. However, current trends in population, economic growth, energy, climate and pollution are affecting water usage, and the critical infrastructure the systems rely on needs to function properly.
“As part of understanding our water, we must appreciate and value our water service and our infrastructure,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “Investing in our infrastructure now can provide for our future generations to ensure they have the needed water service we value today.”
More information about water infrastructure investment is available on AWWA’s website.
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 and celebration ideas, is available on the Drinking Water Week webpage.
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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.
Deirdre Mueller, American Water Works Association, http://www.awwa.org, +1 (303) 347-6140, [email protected]
SOURCE American Water Works Association