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Drinking Water Week—May 6-12, 2018

Did you know that May 6-12, is Drinking Water Week? A week to celebrate WATER! May 6 kicks off this year’s Drinking Water Week with an invitation to “Protect the Source." "The American Water Works Association and the water community across North America will celebrate Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role drinking water plays in our daily lives, and how we can take personal responsibility in caring for our tap water and protecting it at its source. “When we get to know our local drinking water sources, we come to understand that it is our duty as consumers and community stewards to protect and preserve them,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “Drinking Water Week provides a great opportunity to learn the various ways in which we can each protect our source water so it’s available for future generations.”  AWWA

So, how can you "Protect the Source?"

Water consumers can practice conservation by using water wisely at home through the following steps, which are available on DrinkTap.org:

• Repair leaky faucets, indoors and out.

• Fill your sink or basin when washing and rinsing dishes.

• Only run the dishwasher and washing machine when they are full.

• Take short showers instead of baths.

• Turn off the water to brush teeth, shave and soap up in the shower. Fill the sink to shave.

• Repair leaky toilets. Add 12 drops of food coloring into the tank, and if color appears in the bowl one hour later, the toilet is leaking.

• Install a toilet dam, faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads.

• Apply mulch around shrubs and flower beds to reduce evaporation, promote plant growth and control weeds.

• Collect rainfall for irrigation in a screened container (to prevent mosquito larvae growth).

• Always use a broom to clean walkways, driveways, decks and porches, rather than hosing off these areas.

“Safeguarding water by using it wisely is everyone’s responsibility,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “Conserving water at home means we’re saving our precious water supplies and, in the long run, protecting our source water, too.” AWWA

Drinking Water Week’s theme is exactly right:
Protect & Preserve this Precious Resource!


Want to learn more?

Read your Water Quality Report. Local utilities provide Consumer Confidence Reports (CCR) to their customers annually.

Check out this great video from the American Water Corp: Water & You: The Value of Water Service

Sources & other Helpful Resources:

CDC, Drinking Water Week

American Water Works, Drinking Water Week

EPA, Water You Waiting For?

Drinktap.org

Amwatercorp, Water and You

Oregon Health Authority