AWWA encourages consumers to get to know their water

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Denver, Co -- As part of Drinking Water Week 2011, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and water providers across North America are encouraging  consumers everywhere to “get to know your water.”

“In today’s Internet age, there’s more information out there than ever before about water quality,” said AWWA Executive Director David LaFrance. “But the single best source of information is your own water provider, which is required to test every day to assure that drinking water meets all state and federal standards.”

Communities throughout North America are taking time to “celebrate the essential” during Drinking Water Week, the first week of May each year. Consumers will have the opportunity to learn about the source, treatment and quality of drinking water through various water-related events in their hometowns.

In the United States, community water systems are required to send water quality reports to customers by July 1 of each year. The reports, which provide results of testing on approximately 90 contaminants and point out any violations of Safe Drinking Water Act standards, are often also posted online. Water quality reports also carry information on the source and treatment of a community’s tap water.

While customers of community water systems have their water tested every day and professionally treated for drinking, owners of private wells should take special steps to assure the safety of their water. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency advises private well users to be aware of potential pollution threats and to have their water tested periodically by a certified laboratory.

About Drinking Water Week

For more than 35 years, the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives.

AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the entire water community. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment.

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