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  2. The American Water Works Association (AWWA), the authoritative resource on safe water in North America, will kick off its 30th Annual National Drinking Water Week beginning May 6th, in celebration of our most precious natural resource.

    “National Drinking Water Week is a chance for water utilities and the consuming public to pause and consider the immeasurable value that a safe, reliable water supply plays in our daily lives,” said Jack Hoffbuhr, AWWA Executive Director. “North America has some of the highest quality water in the world and this week offers us an opportunity to remind ourselves of all that tap water delivers.”

    AWWA will publicly launch its “Only Tap Water Delivers,” campaign during Drinking Water Week on May 10th. The AWWA and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to promote public awareness of the value of a safe, reliable water supply and the critical importance of the nation’s water infrastructure. Platte Canyon customers are asked to focus on what tap water does that no other water does -- only tap water delivers: public health protection, fire protection, support for the economy, and quality of life.

    What Tap Water Provides for Platte Canyon 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.