Drinking Water Week 2010 celebrated by communities across the nation

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• Water community focuses on what only tap water delivers

DENVER, CO, May 3, 2010 -- The American Water Works Association (AWWA), the authoritative resource on safe water, today kicked off Drinking Water Week 2010, an annual celebration of our most precious natural resource.

"Drinking Water Week is an opportunity for North Americans to think about what water means to each of us," said AWWA President Craig Woolard. "A safe, reliable water supply is critical to the success of any community. It creates jobs, supports business and investment, and provides for the health and welfare of citizens in ways ranging from disease prevention to fire suppression."

Throughout the week, AWWA will highlight what "Only Tap Water Delivers," drawing special attention to drinking water quality, water safety and conservation, and the importance of water infrastructure

To commemorate the occasion water utilities, environmental advocates and others will celebrate drinking water through school events, public presentations and community festivals. They will also provide their communities with important tips for protecting our water supplies and conserving resources.

About Drinking Water Week
For more than 35 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 join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives.

Established in 1881, AWWA is the oldest and largest nonprofit, scientific and educational organization dedicated to safe water in North America. AWWA has more than 60,000 members worldwide and its 4,500 utility members serve 80 percent of the U.S. population.

For more information on what only tap water delivers, please visit http://www.drinktap.org

AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the entire water community. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment.

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