Celebrating Tap Water, “There when you need it”
(Kansas City, MO) – KC Water and partners throughout North America today kicked off Drinking Water Week celebrations by showcasing the different ways tap water is “There When You Need It.” Drinking Water Week is May 1-7 this year.
KC Water is observing Drinking Water Week by recognizing 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 critical work that water professionals accomplish around the clock to ensure the delivery of quality tap water.
“We all know how important water is to our daily lives. This week is a chance to recognize that and to remember to not take it for granted,” said KC Water Director, Wes Minder.
An American Water Works Association (AWWA) survey conducted in June 2021 showed more than seven in 10 Americans indicated they are satisfied with their tap water and nearly three-quarters of respondents said they felt their tap water is safe.
“Tap water plays an integral role in meeting our daily health, hygiene and hydration needs,” said American Water Works Association CEO David LaFrance. “Water sector professionals, the infrastructure they work to design, create and maintain and the treatment process all work in harmony to ensure safe tap water is ‘There When You Need It.’”
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 services, water infrastructure and water quality.
Watch a video featuring Park Hill School District students learning about water quality in their back yards.
Many communities are fortunate to have reliable access to safe water when they turn on the tap. In large part this is due to the regular testing water utilities are required to undertake to ensure regulatory standards for water quality are met. In fact, every water system must publish a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) detailing its water quality. KC Water meets and exceeds federal and state regulations for safe drinking water. Kansas City’s drinking water test results are posted in the Consumer Confidence Report section of www.kcwater.us/about-us/reports. For a printed copy, call 816-513-1313, Option 1.
About Drinking Water Week
For several decades, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives. Free materials for download and additional information about Drinking Water Week are available on the Drinking Water Week webpage.
For more information, contact Heather Frierson, KC Water Media Relations Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org, 816-513-0280, cell: 816-674-0211
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KC Water maintains and operates water treatment and distribution systems, stormwater management systems, and wastewater collection and treatment systems for residential and business customers in Kansas City and for wholesale customers in the Kansas City area. KC Water is primarily funded by fees charged to customers based on their use or impacts on the three utility systems.