Thank you to our partners - Boston Water & Sewer Commission, Champlain Water District, Connecticut Section AWWA, and the Springfield Water & Sewer Commission
Listen to our radio PSA for Drinking Water Week 2016 (May 1-7)
View our Billboards and Transit Ads for May 2016
News Release sent to all daily and weekly papers in New England on Monday, May 2.
What does water mean to you?
You get out of the bed in the morning, turn on your faucet to brush your teeth, and no water comes out...
You flush your toilet, and nothing happens...
Your home is on fire and when the fire department arrives, the hydrant runs dry...
You are a business owner but have no restroom facilities or water to clean your store...
You have no consistent or clean source of water too cook with or drink...
Think of all the ways every single day that you utilize water--from bathing, to cleaning, to doing laundry, to drinking and cooking--everything we do and all the conveniences in life we take advantage of revolve around a clean and abundant water supply. Without it, society simply wouldn't be able to exist in the way it does.
The highly skilled, trained, licensed, and dedicated men and women in the public water supply profession work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to provide the water that:
- protects public health
- provides adequate fire protection
- supports the economy, and
- enhances our overall quality of life
Water is by far the least expensive of all utilities we take advantage of - electricity, gas, oil, cable, phone, etc., but the only one that we can absolutely not live without. Be sure to support the programs that are necessary to ensure that utilities can continue to provide a clean and consistent water supply - from infrastructure improvements to disinfection enhancements to reasonable water rate increases.
Did you know...
- In North America, you can drink from virtually any public tap, while in the developing world an estimated 3 million people die every year from preventable waterborne disease.
- In the United States, water utilities monitor for more than 100 contaminants and must meet close to 90 regulations for water safety and quality.
- Every year, water utilities provide customers with a detailed report on the quality of their drinking water.
- In most communities, water flowing to fire hydrants is transported by the same system of water mains, pumps, and storage tanks that delivers drinking water.
- The ability to provide water for fire protection is essential to the development of communities. It can influence things like new home construction, business location decisions, and insurance rates.
- Most community water systems were first created for fire protection, not for drinking water delivery.
- Water is the primary ingredient in hundreds of thousands of everyday products, including many food and beverages, as well as items such as toothpastes and perfumes.
- Water is needed in the manufacturing of many products. For example, approximately 300 million gallons of water are needed to produce a single day's supply of U.S. newsprint.
- Total water use (both indoor and outdoor) in a typical single-family home is 101 gallons per capita per day.
- Only 3 percent of the tap water we use on a typical day is used for drinking. The rest goes for outdoor watering, bathroom uses, clothes washing, etc.
- A safe, reliable water supply is critical to the success of any community. It creates jobs, attracts industry and investment, and provides for the health and welfare of citizens in ways ranging from disease prevention to fire suppression.
The Value of Water Coalition was formed to help spread the word about the important role water plays in all our lives. For detailed information, visit thevalueofwater.org.