Happy Drinking Water Week!

It seems like there is always a week or day set aside to honor something nationally. You know what I mean. There is National Asparagus Month, Nanny Week, National Smile Month, Random Huggers Day. This is just a sampling of the national awareness days in May. Well, not to be left out, drinking water also has a special time for recognition. This year it is celebrated May 5 – 11. You might be saying to yourself, “Really? Drinking water needs a special week of awareness?”

Well, yes. Here in Athens many of us take our drinking water for granted. It seems odd to celebrate something that is here all the time: day and night, 24 hours a day, holidays, rainy days, whatever. The tap keeps flowing. That kind of reliability is hard to find anywhere else. Only tap water delivers: It
protects your public health, provides fire protection, supports the economy, and enhances our overall quality of life.

Get answers to the most Frequently Asked Questions about drinking water from the Environmental Protection Agency!


You get out of the bed in the morning, turn on your faucet to brush your teeth, and no water comes out…

You flush your toilet, and nothing happens…

Your home is on fire and when the fire department arrives, no water comes out of the fire hydrant…

You are a business owner but have no restroom facilities or water to clean your store…

You have no consistent or clean source of water to cook with or drink…

Think of all the ways every single day that you utilize water–from bathing, to cleaning, to doing laundry, to drinking and cooking–everything we do and all the conveniences in life we take advantage of revolve around a clean and abundant water supply. Without it, society simply wouldn’t be able to exist in the way it does.

Another important point: Water is by far the least expensive of all utilities we take advantage of – electricity, gas, cable, phone, etc., but the only one that we absolutely cannot live without.

O.K., so you now agree water is AWESOME and you want to celebrate it. How does one go about honoring water? Well, here are a few opportunities for you to put a spotlight on water this week.

  1. Read the blog in Water Conservation Station (now located at http://www.thinkatthesink.wordpress.com) to realize why water deserves recognition. (Check.)
  2. Come to our Drinking Water Week Celebration and the Deadwood Guitar All-Star Jam at Locos Grill & Pub on Timothy Road, Wednesday, May 8 from 6:30 – 9:00. Local musicians, such as Rick Fowler, Kip Jones, and Fester Hagood, will play various guitars handcrafted by Jason Booth, of Deadwood Guitars. During the music, the Water Conservation Office offers give aways – WaterSense high-efficiency showerheads, aerators, and spray nozzles for hoses – you can put to use in your home to protect water. We will also have the Saltine Cracker Challenge for those brave enough to try. Take the challenge and discover how much you want some cold, clean water.
  3. Take a tour of the J.G. Beacham Drinking Water Treatment Plant on Thursday, May 9 at 4:00. Discover how we pump, filter, and treat this vital resource before pumping it to 98% of Athens-Clarke County’s residents, schools, businesses, and industries.
  4. Thank one of our Drinking Water Treatment Plant workers for providing you with a service your life depends on. All of these dedicated people make sure the water is clean and pumped to your home 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Even on Christmas! Thank you!!

Now I ask everyone to go and get a tall, cool glass of delicious tap water and make a toast to this clean, vital liquid that was delivered to you in the comfort of your home. Happy National Drinking Water Week.

Originally posted on waterconservationstation.blogspot.com, 5/7/13


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