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  1. 5/4/2012 ‘CELEBRATE THE ESSENTIAL’ DURING DRINKING WATER WEEK 2012 (MAY 6 - 12)
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    The American Water Works Association (AWWA), the authoritative resource on safe water in North America, will kick off its annual National Drinking Water Week beginning May 6th, in celebration of our most precious natural resource.
     
    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 to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives.
     
    “There is nothing more essential to a community's health and vitality than reliable access to safe drinking water,” said AWWA Executive Director David LaFrance. “Drinking Water Week provides an excellent moment to focus for a moment on the importance of caring for our water supplies and systems.”
     
    Throughout the week, AWWA and its partners will celebrate water by recognizing the essential role it plays in our daily lives, with special attention to the future of water, water infrastructure and the economy, careers in the water profession, and source water protection and are encouraging consumers everywhere to “get to know your water.”
     
    “In today’s Internet age, there’s more information out there than ever before about water quality,” said Director LaFrance. “But the single best source of information is your own water provider, which is required to test every day to assure that drinking water meets all state and federal standards.”
     
    Communities throughout North America are taking time to “celebrate the essential” during Drinking Water Week, the first week of May each year. Consumers will have the opportunity to learn about the source, treatment and quality of drinking water through various water-related events in their hometowns.
     
    What Tap Water Provides for District Customers:
     
    Public Health Protection
     
    The first obligation of any water supplier is to provide water that is safe for consumption. In a world where an estimated 3 million people die every year from preventable waterborne disease, water systems in North America allow us to drink from virtually any public tap with a high assurance of safety.
     
    • The Centers for Disease Control names the disinfection of water as one of the top 10 public health accomplishments of the 20th century. Without our modern water systems, diseases such as cholera and dysentery would be part of everyday life.
    • In the United States, water utilities monitor for more than 100 contaminants and must meet close to 90 regulations for water safety and quality. Those water standards are among the world's most stringent.
    • Community water supplies are tested every day. Tap water undergoes far more frequent testing than bottled water.
    • Every year, water utilities provide customers with a detailed report on the quality of their drinking water.
     
    Fire Protection
     
    A well-maintained water system is critical in protecting our communities from the ever-present threat of fire.
     
    • In most communities, water flowing to fire hydrants is transported by the same system of water mains, pumps and storage tanks that delivers drinking water.
    • A water system that provides reliable water at a high pressure and volume can be the difference between a manageable fire and an urban inferno.
    • Firefighters are the primary operators of fire hydrants, but your water utility is usually responsible for maintaining the hydrants.
    • Most community water systems were first created for fire protection, not for drinking water delivery.
    • The ability to provide water for fire protection is essential to the development of communities.  It can influence things like new home construction, business location decisions, and insurance rates.
     
    Support For The Economy
     
    A safe, reliable water supply is central to the economic success of our communities. 
     
    • Tap water is critical to the day-to-day operations of existing businesses and to the viability of new commercial enterprises or residential developments.
    • From foods and beverages to toothpastes and perfumes, water is the primary ingredient in hundreds of thousands of everyday products.
    • Businesses must take into consideration the availability and quality of water when determining where to locate their offices or manufacturing facilities. The availability of water resources and service therefore has a profound effect on job creation.  A scarcity of water resources can hold up multi-million dollar developments - commercial or residential - placing a severe strain on local economies.
    • An increasing number of communities are using recycled water for non-drinking purposes such as industrial cooling or irrigation.
     
    Quality Of Life
     
    Tap water is more than a convenience; it is central to our everyday lives.
     
    • Any measure of a successful society - low mortality rates, economic diversity, productivity, public safety - is in some way related to access to safe water.
    • Tap water is so intricately part of our lives that we can hardly imagine a day without it. Without tap water ... How would we rinse our produce, clean dishes and clothes, water plants and landscapes and wash our cars?... Where would we shower?... How many businesses would have to suspend operations or relocate entirely?... How would our institutions - from hospitals to firehouses to schools - function?
    • Americans tap into about 341 billion gallons of tap water every day. Total water use (both indoor and outdoor) in a typical single-family home is 101 gallons per capita per day.
     
    For more information on  Drinking Water Week please visit the AWWA website by clicking here.