Drinking Water Week begins next week, May 2nd through 8th and Tuolumne Utilities District (TUD) would like to remind our water consumers that high-quality tap is “There When You Need It.”
Have you ever stopped to think about how many times a day you use water from a faucet? Drinking water refers to the water that comes out of our tap or bottled water. Every day, people rely on safe drinking water in many different ways, such as for handwashing, bathing, cooking, washing clothes, and drinking. The coronavirus pandemic has shone a light on the importance of drinking water for health, hydration and hygiene needs. In the early stages of the pandemic, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued separate statements assuring consumers that drinking water was safe to use as normal.
Many communities are fortunate to have reliable access to safe water when they turn on the tap. In large part this stems from 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. TUD’s water systems are comprised of 11 water service areas, which include 11 surface water treatment plants and 12 active wells. These systems produce and supply high-quality drinking water to our service areas from Sierra Village to Jamestown. TUD will be releasing this year’s CCR Report in June 2021.
“Shortly after the coronavirus was declared a pandemic, EPA and CDC reminded us that we should trust our tap water as we normally would for hygiene and hydration purposes,” said American Water Works Association CEO David LaFrance. “This proves to be extremely vital because handwashing is an important way to stop the spread of the virus. We couldn’t do that without our high-quality drinking water.”
About Drinking Water Week
Drinking Water Week is an annual observance sponsored by the American Water Works Association (AWWA) in May to recognize the critical role drinking water plays in our daily lives. For more than 40 years, 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. #drinkingwaterweek2021