National Drinking Water Week: Is your drinking water safe?

National Drinking Water Week is a campaign to raise public awareness and understanding of drinking water issues and to motivate individuals, organizations, communities and local governments to make water-responsible choices.

May 7th, 2001

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When: May 6-12, 2001

What: National Drinking Water Week is a campaign to raise public awareness and understanding of drinking water issues and to motivate individuals, organizations, communities and local governments to make water-responsible choices.

During this week, people are encouraged to find out where their water comes from, what goes into getting it from source to tap, and what you can do to protect it.

Facts about drinking water:

Americans drink more than 1 billion glasses of tap water per day.

The EPA has set standards for more than 80 contaminants that may occur in drinking water and pose a risk to human health.

86 percent of Americans have concerns about the safety of their home's drinking water supply. Nearly half believe federal drinking water laws aren't strict enough.

48 to 49 states are failing to adequately enforce existing drinking water regulations.

How to ensure safe water:

Obtain a testing kit, and put your water to the test.

Look for your annual water quality report from your local water supplier.

Get involved in volunteer water monitoring programs, clean-up activities, or household hazardous waste collection programs.

About National Drinking Water Week:

For more than 30 years, the American Water Works Association has celebrated Drinking Water Week with its members. In 1988, AWWA brought the event to the attention of our government and formed a coalition along with the League of Women Voters, the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, and the US Environmental Protection Agency. The weeklong observance was declared nationally in a joint congressional resolution and signed by then President Ronald Reagan.

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