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National Drinking Water Week May 1st - 7th, 2016
Communities Celebrate the Value of Water

In the U.S. the Environmental Protection Agency protects drinking water quality through the administration of the Safe Drinking Water Act. Up to 100 tests a day are performed on the drinking water you receive at your home or business. These tests are repeated daily to make sure your water meets every health and safety standard set by the state and federal government.

Since 1999, water suppliers have been required to provide Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs) to their customers on an annual basis. These reports are due by July 1 each year and include information on any contaminants found in the drinking water, possible health effects, and the water’s source. 

Public Health Protection
In a world where an estimated eight million people die every day from preventable waterborne diseases, people in North America can drink from virtually any public tap with a high assurance of safety. Without our modern water systems, diseases such as cholera and dysentery would be a tragic part of our everyday life.

Fire Protection
In the United States and Canada, over 1.5 million house fires occur each year. While most of us never think about fires until they occur, there is a vast network of water infrastructure in place to protect us when they do. Simply put, a water system that provides reliable water at a high pressure and volume can be the difference between a manageable fire and an inferno.

Support for the Economy
Though often taken for granted, tap water is critical to the daily operations of existing businesses and to the vitality of new commercial enterprises and residential developments. From foods and beverages, to toothpastes and perfumes, water is the primary ingredient in hundreds of thousands of every day products. Therefore, the availability of water resources and service has a profound effect on job creation and overall economic prosperity.

To learn more about your drinking water please visit these sites:



2014 Water Quality Report  

Top 10 tips for homeowners to maintain water quality in your home:
1.     Clean faucets and aerators regularly
2.     Clean and disinfect sinks and drains regularly
3.     Keep drains clear and unclogged
4.     Use cold water for drinking and preparing food
5.     Replace old plumbing and install certified “lead free” fixtures
6.     Flush cold water taps after household plumbing work or when the water hasn’t been used for several days
7.     Drain and flush your hot water heater annually
8.     Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the water heater, filters, treatment devices, softeners and any other products attached to the water system
9.     Do not connect hoses or other devices intended for non-drinking purposes to household drinking water faucets
10.     Keep hazardous chemicals and unsanitary materials away from drinking water faucets

Activities for Kids  and Teachers

All Beings Need Water    All Beings Need Water (Teacher Guide)
Diary                                Diary (Teacher Guide)
How We Use Water             How We Use Water (Teacher Guide)
Water Maze

Water Infographic