The City of Allegan, The American Water Works Association, and the water professionals across America are kicking off Drinking Water Week, May 7 – 13, 2017. The theme for Water Week this year is, “Your Water – To Know It Is To Love It”
Throughout the week, Allegan, AWWA, and water community partners will celebrate Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role water plays in our daily lives. Focus will be placed on ways in which water consumers can take personal responsibility in caring for their source water, tap water and water infrastructure at home and in their community.
To commemorate this week, water utilities, government entities, environmental advocates, schools, and other stakeholders will celebrate drinking water through public presentations, staff events, community events, as well as provide information on how water consumers can understand and appreciate their water.
The Allegan Water Plant, located at 100 Park Ave., will be hosting a day long open house May 12, 2017. Tours including educational talks will be given on the newly built Reverse Osmosis plant; tours will be given each hour, on the hour, starting at 9 am and running until 3 pm that day.
Every day, millions of people in North America turn on their faucets but give little thought to where the water comes from, how it gets to their faucets, how it flows out, and where it goes. Learning the answers to these important questions is a valuable part in understanding your water.
Where our water comes from is an important part of having clean drinking water, whether the water comes from a surface water source or ground water. Americans need to know that keeping these source waters clean and unpolluted is the first step to clean, safe drinking water.
The American Water Works Association and water professionals across North America are encouraging households and businesses to identify and replace lead based water pipes and plumbing. Water leaving treatment plants is almost always lead-free. However, lead is sometimes present in pipes connecting older homes to water systems, or in fixtures and inside plumbing. A licensed plumber can help identify lead pipes, fixtures, or solder. Water utilities play an important part in keeping lead out of our drinking water. The water chemistry can be adjusted to minimize the possibility of lead dissolving into tap water. Communities and households also play an important role in keeping drinking water safe by identifying and replacing lead based plumbing in their homes, offices or businesses.
Water consumers are encouraged to care for their drain pipes as well as the supply pipes. Many things can unnecessarily clog a home’s plumbing system, including “flushable” wipes and fats, oils, and grease. Each year, these clog pipes, back systems up and harm the environment when they are not disposed of properly.
Specifically, “flushable” wipes, facial tissue, paper towels, rags and cloth towels should be thrown away in the trash and should not be flushed down the toilet. Also, medications and fats, oils, and grease should not be dumped down the drain either; they should be disposed of properly. Caring for our pipes should be considered a routine maintenance around the home or office and not just thought of when something goes wrong.
It is critical that water and sewer infrastructure is maintained properly given that public health, economic vitality, fire protection, and quality of life rely on it. Much of the water infrastructure in North America needs to be repaired or replaced because of the length of time water and sewer pipes have been underground. Some have been buried for 75 to 100 years. It is essential that our local water utilities, government officials, and utility customers work in harmony to cover the cost of repairing and replacing our water and sewer infrastructure.
Protection of our source water, an understanding of our plumbing, knowing what to flush (and what not to flush), and good infrastructure maintenance are crucial to sustain clean drinking water for our daily lives and future generations.
About Drinking Water Week
For more than 35 years, AWWA 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. Additional information about Drinking Water Week, including free materials for download, and celebration ideas, is available on the Drinking Water Week web page, http://www.awwa.org/
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.