Saturday events, daily displays to mark Drinking Water Week
We can’t live without water; we all know that. What may be less obvious, however, is the amount of effort required to deliver clean, clear, safe water to your home: Trained professionals work with specialized equipment in complex facilities. With that, the City of Yuma and the American Water Works Association kick off the annual Drinking Water Week.
To commemorate the week the City of Yuma will celebrate drinking water with public service announcements throughout the week, displays at City Hall, and an open house of the Main Street Water Treatment Facility featuring a Touch-a-Truck event. Look for posts on the City of Yuma’s Twitter and Facebook page. There will be displays at City Hall such as water conservation suggestions, drinking water quality data, and a visualization of how much city of Yuma water you can buy with a dollar – 512 gallons.
The theme of this year’s event is “Your Water – To Know It Is To Love It.” Throughout the week, AWWA, the City’s Utilities department and water community partners will celebrate the value of water by learning about the role it plays in our daily lives and in the quality of life we enjoy because of it. Special attention will be given to the ways in which water consumers can get to know and value their water supply and local utility this week.
“We are very excited to participate in this year’s Drinking Water Week, and to talk to our customers about the high-quality drinking water the City of Yuma produces,” City of Yuma Utilities Department Director Jay Simonton said.
Drinking Water Week festivities will conclude with an open house of the Main Street Water Treatment Facility from 8 to noon on Saturday, May 7. The Main Street Water Treatment Facility is the City of Yuma’s largest water treatment facility, capable of producing 40 million gallons of water a day. The Utilities Department will have a Touch-a-Truck exhibit where all visitors can touch and interact with the equipment staff uses every day: Backhoes, Vactor trucks, utility line trucks, and crane trucks. Staff will also be providing tours of the drinking water plant and exhibiting the treatment process used to make our drinking water.
“AWWA and the water community have joined together for several decades to celebrate an important event in our industry, and that’s Drinking Water Week,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “We look forward to Drinking Water Week each year to assist consumers in understanding and appreciating their local water supply and water utility.”
Know your home’s service line
Though the Colorado River, our primary water source, is known for having “hard water” that is less susceptible to the corrosion that caused the lead contamination issues in Flint, Mich., consumers with lead in their home service lines could be at risk of exposure.
Water customers are encouraged to identify whether or not they have a lead service line by hiring a licensed plumber and, if a lead service line is discovered, talk to the plumber and the local water utility about options for replacing it quickly. Additionally, AWWA advises customers to have the home’s water tested by a certified laboratory that has been recommended by your local utility.
The City of Yuma joins the American Water Works Association in encouraging the public to learn about their water supply and local water utility by visiting AWWA’s fully updated consumer website, DrinkTap.org.
DrinkTap.org offers consumers an opportunity to browse information on various subjects including conservation, household leaks, infrastructure, bottled water, drought, pollution, fluoridation and contaminants – including lead.
Additionally, a new kids section offers videos, games and educational links. A calendar has also been added to the site that focuses on events important to the water, science and engineering communities.
“DrinkTap.org is a valuable resource for utilities to draw on to help their customers, and consumers can tap into it to learn about all things water,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “Learning about our water supply and our local water utility aids us in appreciating them.”
Value your water service
To value water service, it’s important to recognize the thousands of water utilities across North America that work diligently to provide safe water to millions of people. They are responsible for monitoring more than 100 contaminants on a regular basis and staying in compliance with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s standards for drinking water.
The infrastructure used to carry water from treatment plants to homes and businesses is also crucial. North American water systems are critical to maintaining public health, economic vitality, fire protection and quality of life. However, current trends in population, economic growth, energy, climate and pollution are affecting water usage, and the critical infrastructure the systems rely on needs to function properly.
“As part of understanding our water, we must appreciate and value our water service and our infrastructure. Investing in our infrastructure now can provide for our future generations to ensure they have the needed water service we value today,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance.
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.