For more than 40 years the American Water Works Association and its members have used Drinking Water Week as a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives.
This year, Drinking Water Week runs from May 7-13. The City of Kingsport is celebrating by encouraging the public to recognize and honor the critical work water professionals accomplish around the clock to deliver quality tap water while bolstering resilience for water in the future.
Many communities are fortunate to have reliable access to safe water when they turn on the tap. In large part this is due to the regular testing water utilities are required to undertake to ensure regulatory standards for water quality are met. In fact, every water system must publish a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) detailing its water quality.
“Drinking Water Week is an opportunity to recognize what most of us take for granted every day. That when you turn on the faucet, safe and clean water comes out,” said Niki Ensor, Kingsport’s Utilities Director. “And that’s only possible because of the continuous reinvestment in the infrastructure and the men and women who work every day to maintain the system.”
To commemorate the week, water utilities, water organizations, government entities, environmental advocates, schools and others throughout North America and beyond are encouraging consumers to learn more about the importance of water services and water infrastructure, especially in times of crisis.
“Access to clean, safe drinking water is vital to our daily health, hygiene and hydration,” said American Water Works Association CEO David LaFrance. “Professionals in the water sector work tirelessly to ensure we have affordable access to the high-quality water we need to strengthen our everyday life and broader communities today and in the future.”
Kingsport’s Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) can be found at https://bit.ly/3VEzbD3.