May 1-7 is Drinking Water Week. Drinking Water Week is an annual observance of the vital role water plays in daily life. This year’s theme is “Water: Celebrate the Essential,” and it highlights the work by water professionals and communities in making the U.S. water system one of the safest drinking water suppliers in the world.
We all drink water. Unfortunately, many people take water for granted and fail to appreciate the hard work required to keep water flowing from the faucet. The fact of the matter is that it takes consistent hard work to keep water safe to drink.
That’s why RCAP works day in and day out to ensure access to clean, safe drinking water in 2,000 communities across America. These small communities rely on RCAP’s technical, managerial and financial assistance to help them deliver the life necessity of water. This is especially important as the U.S. water supply prepares to face new challenges which include aging infrastructure, the impact of climate change on water quality, and the chemical contamination of water sources.
Needless to say, one week dedicated to water appreciation is not enough. We must never stop working to conserve and appreciate the value of water. RCAP can provide valuable information and resources for those who want to learn more about water during this week-long celebration. RCAP will keep working to improve access to safe and clean water throughout rural America and its territories.
For more information about Drinking Water Week 2011, visit AWWA online and learn some of the week’s highlights and activities.