DENVER -- As Drinking Water Week concludes, the American Water Works Association and water professionals across North America are urging consumers to evaluate how they currently value, use and access water, and how to protect it into the future.
North America’s water systems are critical to maintaining public health, economic vitality, fire protection and quality of life. However, current trends in population, economic growth, energy, climate and pollution affect water usage and the critical infrastructure the system needs to function properly.
“Water is an essential element in our daily lives, but for North Americans, water service is a convenience that we too often take for granted until a serious issue occurs,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “We need to be aware of critical issues affecting our water supply now so we can protect against them for the future.”
As our systems’ aging pipes are repaired and replaced over the next 25 years, addressing this issue may be costly but it’s not insurmountable. Facing it head-on by proactively investing in our water systems now is a smart, safe and common sense investment that will pay off for generations to come.
More information about water infrastructure investment is available on AWWA’s website.
About Drinking Water Week
For more than 35 years, AWWA 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. Additional information about Drinking Water Week, including free materials for download and celebration ideas, is available on the Drinking Water Week web page.
Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.