• Drinking Water Week Honors Water Infrastructure and Water Professionals Critical Roles in Daily Life

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    May 07, 2021
    This week’s Drinking Water Week provides consumers an opportunity to learn about the critical infrastructure that transports water from collection to treatment to consumption to ensure drinking water is “There When You Need It.” Drinking Water Week is May 2-8 this year.

    Destin Water Users, Inc., (DWU) and partners throughout North America are celebrating Drinking Water Week to recognize the vital role tap water plays in daily life, the infrastructure that is required to carry it to and from homes and businesses, and the important and often unnoticed work of water professionals. 

    Water systems play a critical part in consumers’ health, hygiene and hydration. More than a million miles of buried pipes ensure reliable water is transported from collection, through the treatment process to homes or businesses for cleaning, hydration and cooking, which are critical to health and safety.

    “Whether it is for health, hygiene or hydration, our tap water plays an absolutely vital role in our daily life,” said American Water Works Association CEO David LaFrance. “And, our water infrastructure does its part to ensure tap water is there when you need it for drinking, cooking or hygiene.”

    “Our infrastructure includes both physical and human capital and it is that human capital, Team DWU, that manages and operates the physical capital to ensure that safe tap water is ‘There When You Need It,’” said DWU General Manager Lockwood Wernet. “We are proud of the dedicated professionalism of Team DWU and their commitment to serve our members.”

    Whether it’s an engineer designing a capital project, an operator ensuring the safety and quality of drinking water or a member of a pipe crew maintaining the infrastructure in our community, water professionals work around the clock to ensure tap water is there when you need it.

    “The coronavirus pandemic continues to make evident the hard work performed by the people in the water sector,” LaFrance said. “The work they are performing throughout the pandemic, often sacrificing time with their family, is nothing short of heroic. I am proud to be associated with them.”

    To commemorate the week, water utilities, water organizations, government entities, environmental advocates, schools and others throughout North America and beyond are encouraging consumers to learn more about the importance of water and water infrastructure, especially in times of crisis.
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