May 4 – 10 2014 is Drinking Water Week

Water is the foundation for life. Help your community learn more about the vital role safe water plays in our lives and how they can help protect clean fresh water during Drinking Water Week 2014!

Access to public water sources that are safe and reliable is crucial for the health and prosperity of our society. In 1908, Jersey City, New Jersey, was the first city in the United States to begin routine disinfection of a municipal drinking water supply. Over the next decade, thousands of cities and towns across the United States began disinfecting their drinking water. This disinfection led to a dramatic decrease in cases of waterborne illness (diseases spread through water) and death.

May 4-10, 2014 is Drinking Water Week across the U.S.  This observance is sponsored each year by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and a number of other organizations and agencies. Following the theme “What do you know about H2O?” Drinking Water Week provides an opportunity for the public to recognize the essential role drinking water plays in our daily lives, with special attention on the ways in which all water consumers can get to know their H2O.  For more information, including materials to download, click here.

Drinking Water Week is also a great time to update your Source Water Protection Plan.  If your public water system does not yet have a source water protection plan, now is the time to call your regional DEP source water coordinator to learn more about the many benefits and the power of prevention of contamination – click here to find the PADEP Source Water Protection Coordinator for your region.

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