American Water Works Association (AWWA)

AWWA to launch “Only Tap Water Delivers” campaign


Source: American Water Works Association (AWWA)

(DENVER) May 8, 2006 – The American Water Works Association (AWWA), the authoritative resource on safe water, kicked off Drinking Water Week today, a celebration across North America of our most precious natural resource.

“Drinking Water Week is a chance for water utilities and the consuming public to pause and consider the immeasurable value that a safe, reliable water supply plays in our daily lives,” said Jack Hoffbuhr, AWWA Executive Director. “North America has some of the highest quality water in the world and this week offers us an opportunity to remind ourselves of all that tap water delivers.”

AWWA will publicly launch its “Only Tap Water Delivers,” campaign during Drinking Water Week. The campaign, designed to help utilities and public officials communicate about the value of tap water service, will officially launch on May 10 at a public event, where AWWA is teaming with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) to promote public awareness of the value of a safe, reliable water supply and the critical importance of water infrastructure. “Only Tap Water Delivers” focuses on what tap water can do that no other water can — only tap water delivers public health protection fire protection, support for the economy and quality of life. The campaign is designed to encourage community investment in water service and resources.

Utility Celebrations from Across the U.S.

In Houston, TX, approximately 1,000 students will be learning about water-related environmental issues at the City of Houston’s 13th annual Water Festival. At the Opening Ceremony, City officials will be proclaiming the month of May as Water Conservation Awareness Month and announcing the winners of the 2006 Water Conservation T-shirt Design Contest. The artwork of the grand-prize winner, Sergio Sanchez from Marshall Middle School, is being reproduced on the festival t-shirts that will be worn by dignitaries, staff, exhibitors, volunteers and students. The festival will include a scavenger hunt with the exhibitors, environmental mascots, and a Radio Disney presentation.

Greenwood, MS, will celebrate Drinking Water Week with a variety of activities, including a community clean-up and several elementary school presentations on water safety and litter prevention. On May 10, declared “Tap Water Day” in Greenwood, citizens are being asked to drink only tap water all day. To close out the week, Greenwood Utilities will invite the community to put items in a time capsule and hold a ceremony to bury it.

In Durham, NC, the City of Durham, Department of Water Management had the mayor proclaim May Drinking Water Month on May 1. Durham also will host its first H2oH! Festival, where more than 100 children will participate in hands-on water activities, water relays and tour the treatment plant. Additionally, the Department of Water Management is piloting the first ad campaign related to AWWA’s “Only Tap Water Delivers” campaign. The ads will run every Sunday during the month of May in the Durham Sun-Herald.

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About Drinking Water Week

The importance of water is too often overlooked. For more than 30 years, the American Water Works Association has celebrated Drinking Water Week with its members – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the consumers they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. During the first full week in May, utilities, their communities and other groups across the country celebrate our most precious natural resource with fairs, programs, contests and other exciting events. For more information about Drinking Water Week, visit

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 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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