May is Water Awareness Month!
EMWD and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) will celebrate Drinking Water Week during the week of May 6, 2018. Tap Water Day will be celebrated on Thursday, May 10, 2018.
Tap Water. You turn on the faucet, it's always there.
The availability of clean, safe, healthy drinking water is something most of us take for granted. The water that flows from your tap is more than just a convenience; it contributes to the quality of life that we all enjoy. A well maintained water system is critical to public health, fire protection, and comes at a value that can’t be beat when compared to bottled water. So...
Up to 100 tests a day are performed on the drinking water you receive at your business or home. These tests are repeated day after day to ensure that your water meets or exceeds every health and safety standard set by state and federal regulations.
In a world where more than 3.4 million people die every year from preventable waterborne disease, our safe and reliable water systems assure we can drink from virtually any public tap with a high assurance of safety and reliability.
Reliability also relates to accessible fire flow. One of the primary purposes of water systems is the suppression of fire. Before water systems were constructed, catastrophic fires were a constant threat in our cities. To protect against fire, water systems must be maintained with vigilance to assure necessary pressure and availability.
Water that comes to the region often comes from far off places, like Northern California or the Colorado River, and due to rising water treatment costs; aging water infrastructure; increasing energy costs; and the cost of developing new supplies, the cost of tap water has increased over the past few years, yet still remains a remarkable value.
In terms of value, you can fill more than five one-gallon jugs with water from your tap for less than a penny. There’s nothing easier than turning on your tap and getting a supply of refreshing water to quench your thirst.
So tap into your tap water today...and remember to always use it wisely.