AWWA Celebrates Tap Water as 'Lean, Clean, and Green'

The American Water Works Association (AWWA), the authoritative resource on safe water, today kicked off Drinking Water Week 2009, an annual celebration of the most precious natural resource.

“Drinking Water Week is an opportunity for Americans to think about what water means to each of us,” said AWWA President Mike Leonard. “A safe and reliable water supply is central to our daily lives, and we enjoy some of the highest quality water in the world. This week is a great time to celebrate our drinking water and renew our commitment to keeping it safe.”

Throughout the week, AWWA will highlight  “Only Tap Water Delivers,” drawing special attention to drinking water quality, water efficiency and conservation, and the importance of water infrastructure.

Water utilities, environmental advocates, and others will celebrate drinking water through school events, public presentations, and community festivals. They also will provide their communities with important tips for protecting water supplies and conserving resources.

“Tap water is lean, clean and green,” Leonard said. “It’s lean in that it’s a zero-calorie choice to keep us healthy and hydrated. It’s clean because dedicated water professionals treat our drinking water and constantly monitor it, ensuring that it lives up to high water quality standards. And our tap water is ‘green’ in that it encourages the protection of our watersheds and does not require a bottle.”

For more than 30 years, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week. Established in 1881, AWWA is the oldest and largest nonprofit, scientific and educational organization dedicated to safe water in North America. It has more than 60,000 members worldwide and its 4,500 utility members serve 80 percent of the U.S. population.