Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District (District) commends the hardworking men and women ensuring tap water is “There When You Need It” during Drinking Water Week which is being held May 3-9 this year.
The District and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) are observing Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role tap water plays in daily life, the infrastructure that is required to carry it to and from homes and businesses, and the important work of water professionals “behind the scenes.”
Reliable water service used for hygiene, hydration and cooking is critical to our health and safety throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. At the beginning of the pandemic, several health organizations recommended normal hygienic practices, including handwashing for 20 seconds, would play an important role in slowing the spread of the coronavirus.
“During these difficult times, we reflect on the heroic work of health professionals and first responders who place themselves in harm’s way to keep us all healthy and safe,” said AWWA President Jim Williams. “I’ve referred to the water profession as a “vocation of distinction” before. In these difficult times, it is also a vocation of heroism.”
District General Manager Justin Clary added “The District takes seriously its obligation to provide a constant supply of safe, clean drinking water to our customers. District staff are unwavering in honoring this commitment no matter the circumstances, including throughout the current pandemic.”
To commemorate the week, water utilities, water organizations, government entities, environmental advocates, schools and other stakeholders throughout North America and beyond will encourage consumers to understand and appreciate their drinking water.
About Drinking Water Week
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. Free materials for download and additional information are available on the Drinking Water Week webpage.