National Drinking Water Week: May 4-10

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has launched the annual national Drinking Water Week with the theme, 'The Wonder of Water.' For more than 30 years, local water providers and their communities have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a time to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives.

AWWA launches National Drinking Water Week

DENVER, May 5, 2003 - The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has launched the annual national Drinking Water Week with the theme, 'The Wonder of Water.' For more than 30 years, local water providers and their communities have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a time to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives.

"A safe, pure, and uninterrupted flow of drinking water remains a commitment of the drinking water profession," said Jack Hoffbuhr, AWWA executive director. "We celebrate Drinking Water Week knowing that North America's water ranks among the cleanest and safest supplies in the world."

Citizens are learning to take pride in this essential resource. Some interesting facts about water include:

• Americans use 341 billion gallons of fresh water per day.

• There are more than 53,000 community water systems in the United States, serving almost 258 million people.

• A person can live for a month without food, but only about a week without water.

• The U.S. uses 100 billion gallons of water per day for crop irrigation.

• There is the same amount of water on Earth now as when the earth was formed.

Find out more about this precious resource and how you can help celebrate Drinking Water Week in your community by visiting AWWA's web site at http://www.awwa.org/advocacy/dww/.

AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of drinking 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 drinking 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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