Celebrate National Drinking Water Week this week
by Emanuel County Live | April 29, 2011 11:33 am
CH2MHill and the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the
authoritative resource on safe water, are celebrating Drinking
Water Week 2011 this week, recognizing our most precious natural
“Drinking Water Week is an opportunity to focus on the
importance of water, which is too easily overlooked,” said AWWA
Executive Director David LaFrance. “A safe, reliable water supply
is essential to the success of any community. In addition to
keeping us hydrated, water also supports the economy, prevents
fires, and provides us with the high quality of life we enjoy.”
In the past year, media reports about trace amounts of various
contaminants in drinking water have underscored the connection
between what is released into the environment and what finds its
way into source water.
“We all have a role in protecting our water resources,” said
LaFrance. “Elected leaders can work for smart public policy that
protects source water. Agriculture operations and industry can take
steps to reduce pollution in our waterways and aquifers. And we as
consumers can properly dispose of products that are too often
flushed into the wastewater system and out to the environment.”
Consumers can do many things to protect our water supply,
including the following:
• Don’t overuse pesticides or fertilizers, as they can travel
through runoff and soil and contaminate ground water.
• Dispose of used motor oil properly. One quart of motor oil can
contaminate more than 250,000 gallons of water.
• Use detergents that are phosphate-free to save our lakes and
• Join in a beach, stream or wetlands cleanup project.
• Properly dispose of prescription medications and other
products that are too often flushed into the wastewater system and
out to the environment.
National Drinking Water Week is a chance for water utilities and
the customers they serve to join together and celebrate the
immeasurable value of clean and safe water in our daily lives.