May 06, 2019

AWWA Celebrates Drinking Water Week 2019

American Water Works Assn. celebrates Drinking Water Week from May 5 to 11

American Water Works Assn. celebrates Drinking Water Week from May 5 to 11

May 5 was the start of the American Water Works Assn.’s (AWWA) Drinking Water Week. For more than 40 years, AWWA has celebrated Drinking Water Week. According to AWWA, it is an opportunity for water professionals and the communities they serve to come together in recognizing the role water plays in our lives. The event goes from May 5 to 11 this year.

This year, AWWA invites consumers to “protect the source.” According to AWWA, the focus will be on ways water consumers can take personal responsibility in caring for their tap water and protecting the source.

“Drinking Water Week is a special opportunity to shine a light on all of the ways we can protect our water source and ensure it is there for future generations,” said AWWA CEO David LaFrance according to an AWWA release. “When we, as consumers and community stewards, learn about and gain an appreciation for our drinking water sources, it becomes easy to understand the importance of protecting them.”

One company, Missouri American Water, is using the week to implement a campaign to recognize the role water plays in everyday life. On May 6, Missouri American Water announced that the company’s 2018 Water Quality Reports are now available online. They can be accessed here.

According to Global Banking & Finance, the annual report compares the water quality supplied by Missouri American Water against standards established by the U.S. EPA and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The report shares drinking water source information and test results.

Missouri American Water will be putting on two events during the week to generate awareness. They include: a tour of Central Plant, a water treatment plant, for a group of local 7th grade students; and an open house of the Radcliffe wastewater facility for members of the nearby neighborhood.

A full list of 2019 participants and more information on how you can join and participate in Drinking Water Week can be found on the Drinking Water Week webpage here.