May 12, 2014

AWWA Celebrates Safe Drinking Water Act

Water community recognizes the 40th anniversary of the federal law during Drinking Water Week

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During Drinking Water Week, the American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) and water professionals across the country celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act and highlighted the importance of drinking water daily.

The Safe Drinking Water Act is celebrating 40 years of working diligently to safeguard the quality of drinking water in the U.S. The act is a federal law that went into effect in 1974, and it works through setting health-based standards and regulations and overseeing drinking water suppliers. Amendments to the act in 1986 and 1996 increased the effectiveness and protection of drinking water and drinking water sources.

Currently in the U.S., community water systems are required to monitor their drinking water multiple times per day to test for more than 90 contaminants and report any violations that may have occurred.

AWWA, along with the Partnership for a Healthier America’s Drink Up effort, also encouraged consumers to understand the health benefits of drinking plenty of water every day. Drink Up works with stakeholders across the public and private sectors who are dedicated to encouraging people to drink more water more often.