World Water Day 2014: AWWA executive director issues statement about event

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DENVER, CO, March 24, 2014 -- On Saturday, March 22, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) joined the United Nations (UN) and water advocates throughout the world to celebrate the 21st annual World Water Day. AWWA Executive Director David LaFrance issued the following statement:

"On World Water Day 2014, the 50,000 members of AWWA join with the United Nations and the entire water community to celebrate this important event. World Water Day is a significant day each year when we mark the benefits of safe and reliable drinking water and the many things it makes possible.

"This year's World Water Day theme of 'Water and Energy' highlights the interdependent relationship these two utilities share. Here at AWWA, we understand the intricate relationship that must be created for water and energy to thrive harmoniously together. Every day our members depend on energy to treat and distribute water to all of North America, and water is required to make and sustain many forms of energy. To maintain dependability of these two elements, we must continue to improve our efficiency of each.

"AWWA thanks its hardworking members and other supporters of the water community on this World Water Day for their noble and continued efforts to safely treat and distribute water to a myriad of people. Together with our colleagues in the energy fields, we can assure a better world through better water."

See also: "World Water Day 2014: NAWC executive director makes statement about day's importance"

About AWWA

Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life. For more information, visit


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