The City of Yuma and the American Water Works Association join a weeklong celebration of the work done by water professionals and the excellent product they produce – tap water.
To commemorate Drinking Water Week, which is May 5-11, water utilities, government entities, environmental advocates and other stakeholders will celebrate drinking water by recognizing the vital role drinking water plays in daily lives. Focus will be placed on ways in which water consumers can take personal responsibility in caring for their tap water and protecting it at its source.
“Drinking Water Week is a special opportunity to shine a light on all of the ways we can protect our water source and ensure it is there for future generations,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “When we, as consumers and community stewards, learn about and gain an appreciation for our drinking water sources, it becomes easy to understand the importance of protecting them.”
Throughout the week there will be displays at City Hall such as water conservation suggestions, drinking water quality data, displays illustrating how filtration works at our Agua Viva plant, and a visualization of how many gallons of City of Yuma water you can buy compared to a $1.45 plastic bottle of water.
Local water info
Finding information about local water is simple. As required by the Safe Drinking Water Act, water utilities must provide customers with an annual water quality report, also called a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). A CCR identifies the quality of local drinking water and if any contaminants are detected and if so, which ones. Also available in the report is information on a community’s local source for drinking water.
Yuma’s Water Quality Report, concerning water tests from 2018, is now available online for viewing on the City’s website.
Conservation is another topic explored as part of Drinking Water Week. As different areas of North America face drought conditions, avoiding waste through responsible water conservation measures is vital to protecting precious source water. Water consumers can practice conservation by using water wisely at home through the following steps, which are available on DrinkTap.org:
- Repair leaky faucets, indoors and out.
- Fill your sink or basin when washing and rinsing dishes.
- Only run the dishwasher and washing machine when they are full.
- Take short showers instead of baths.
- Turn off the water to brush teeth, shave and soap up in the shower. Fill the sink to shave.
- Repair leaky toilets. Add 12 drops of food coloring into the tank, and if color appears in the bowl one hour later, the toilet is leaking.
- Install a toilet dam, faucet aerators and low-flow showerheads.
- Apply mulch around shrubs and flower beds to reduce evaporation, promote plant growth and control weeds.
- Collect rainfall for irrigation in a screened container (to prevent mosquito larvae growth).
- Always use a broom to clean walkways, driveways, decks and porches, rather than hosing off these areas.