The American Water Works Association (AWWA) and water professionals across North America are kicking off Drinking Water Week with the theme “Your Water – To Know It Is To Love It.” NTMWD encourages all consumers during #DrinkingWaterWeek17 to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives.
This year, the focus is on ways in which water consumers can take personal responsibility in caring for their tap water and water infrastructure at home and in the community. We are extremely fortunate to have a reliable, high-quality water supply that flows each time we want a drink, want to cook, need a bath or shower, and to provide for our pets. Since clean drinking water is readily available whenever we turn on our taps though, we often take this service for granted.
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the life expectancy in the United States has increased from 47 years to 78 years thanks in part to many improvements in water quality. One hundred years ago, sickness and death from diseases spread through drinking water. Now advances in water treatment, disinfection, environmental regulations, and distribution of treated water have made U.S. tap water one of the safest drinking water supplies in the world.
Think about this: If you only had one gallon of water for the entire day, how would you use it? Would you only drink it, use it to flush your toilet, brush your teeth, cook your food, or would you pour it on your lawn?
Take the Drinking Water Week Challenge:
Challenge yourself this week by trying to avoid using water for 1 entire day – or – strive to use only 1 gallon for the entire day. Let us know how well (or not so well) you did on your challenge day by posting to our @NTMWD Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages and use the hashtag #DrinkingWaterWeek17.
You can increase your knowledge about our water supply at NTMWD.com, and learn tips to improve water efficiency at NorthTexasWaterIQ.org. Subscribe to WaterMyYard.org, to know when to water your lawn and when to wait. Together, we can all take personal responsibility for our tap water and help rebuild water infrastructure at home and in our communities.
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