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Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Drinking Water Week 2021
For more than 40 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 recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. This year's celebration will be May 2-8, 2021. 

Have you ever stopped to think about how many times a day you use water from a faucet? Drinking water refers to the water that comes out of the tap. Americans use drinking water every day, for many activities such as drinking, bathing, cooking, and washing clothes.  The United States has one of the safest drinking water supplies in the world, and it’s important to know how our water gets to your faucet and what makes it safe to use.

Over the last 100 years, many improvements in the health, success, and lifespan of the U.S. population can be linked to improvements in water quality. Providing safe drinking water was one of the most important public health achievements of the 20th century. Water treatment and disinfection (methods to reduce germs or chemicals that cause illness) has helped ensure access to healthy and safe water for millions of Americans.

Government regulations have helped reduce pollution of the bodies of water that supply our drinking water systems over the years. However, treating water to remove or kill contaminants like germs or chemicals is still critical. Contamination of drinking water can occur at multiple points, including:
  • In the original water source (for example, a river)
  • Through inadequate water treatment
  • In storage tanks
  • In drinking water distribution systems (the pipes that carry water to homes, businesses, schools, and other buildings)
Treating water to remove or kill disease-causing contaminants is critical to public health and the environment. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulates drinking water quality in public water systems. Every public water system is required to provide its customers with an annual consumer confidence report (CCR), which provides information on local drinking water quality.

In addition, CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Network has information and data about some of the most common environmental chemicals that may be found in community water supplies.

For more information on Drinking Water Week, click here.

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