Drinking Water Week

May 5-11, 2019

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Join us as we celebrate Drinking Water Week with our first ever “Water You Drinking? Festivity & Tour” on Wednesday, May 8th & Thursday, May 9th at the Water Treatment Plant! Details below.

Activities:

  • “Water You Drinking? Festivity & Tour”  
    • Booths, Displays & Activities:  3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
    • “Hard CORR” Performance:  3:45 p.m.
    • Prize Drawing (must be present to win):  3:50 p.m.
    • Water Treatment Plant Tour:  4:00 p.m. Space is limited, complete the Tour Request Form to reserve your spot today.
  • Information table at the Library all week – Filled with fun facts, water savings tips, conservation programs, cool giveaways and more!

Water You Drinking? Festivity

This festivity is a fun and engaging way to get to know your water and the people who bring it to you! Explore unique utility vehicles and equipment; get a rare glimpse inside active wastewater lines to see how they’re inspected for obstructions; use your lab skills to test water for chlorine, hardness and more; enter for your chance to win the prize drawing; visit each booth for cool facts, fun games, giveaways and more. Enjoy refreshments as you watch the reining State Champions “Hard CORR” build a hydrant in record setting time. The festivity opens at 3:00 p.m. and concludes at the start of the Tour.

Water Treatment Plant Tours

This fun, informative tour gives you a behind the scenes look at what all goes into making sure you have clean, safe, good tasting water straight from your faucet. Tours take place on Wednesday, May 8th and Thursday, May 9th at 4:00 p.m. Space is limited, complete the Tour Request Form to reserve your spot today.

Fun Facts

  • People can live several weeks without food, but only a few days without water!
  • Without water, the earth would look like the moon.
  • Water makes up 83% of our blood, 70% of our brain, and 90% of our lungs. Overall, our bodies are 70% water.
  • A tomato is about 95% water. An apple, a pineapple, and an ear of corn are each 80% water.

Conservation Tips:

  • Check faucets for leaks. Even a slow drip takes 10 to 25 gallons of water. Just think, 15 drips per minute adds up to almost 3 gallons of water wasted per day, 65 gallons wasted per month, and 788 gallons wasted per year!
  • Keep showers to 5 minutes or less in length. A five-minute shower takes 10 to 25 gallons of water.
  • Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator. Then you won’t have to run tap water to cool it.
  • Use a broom to sweep your driveway, garage, or sidewalk instead of using water.
  • Water your lawn in the evening or early morning to avoid evaporation.

History of Drinking Water Week

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There’s more to your tap water than filling your glass. This short report will fill you full of facts.

For more than 35 years the American Water Works Association has celebrated Drinking Water Week with its members.

In 1988, AWWA brought the event to the attention of our government and subsequently a resolution to name the first week of May as Drinking Water Week, and an information kit was distributed to the media and to more than 10,000 utilities.

The following year, AWWA approached several organizations to participate. Through these efforts, the National Drinking Water Alliance was formed of 15 nonprofit educational, professional, and public interest organizations. The Alliance dedicated itself to public awareness and involvement in public and private drinking water issues, and continued its work to organize a major annual educational campaign built around Drinking Water Week.

The power of the multi-organization Alliance enabled Drinking Water Week to grow into widespread and committed participation throughout the United States and Canada. In 1991, the Alliance launched a national campaign to inform the public about America’s drinking water. The group distributed a kit containing ideas for celebrating Drinking Water Week, conservation fact and tip sheets, news release and posters. The theme was “There’s a lot more to drinking water than meets the eye.”

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