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  1. 5/2/2014 NATIONAL DRINKING WATER WEEK, MAY 4-10
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    As National Drinking Water Week activities begin, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) joins water professionals across North America in urging consumers to evaluate how they currently value, use and access water, and how to protect it into the future
     
    North America's water systems are critical to maintaining public health, economic vitality, fire protection and quality of life. However, current trends in population, economic growth, energy, climate and pollution affect water usage and the critical infrastructure the system needs to function properly.
     
    "We all agree that water is an essential element in our daily lives, but for North Americans, water service is a convenience that we too often take for granted until an issue like a main break or boil water notice occurs," says AWWA Executive Director David LaFrance. "We need to be aware of those issues now and protect against them for the future."
     
    As our systems' aging pipes are replaced over the next 25 years, addressing this issue may be costly but it's not insurmountable. Facing it head-on by proactively investing in our water systems now is a smart, safe, common sense investment that will pay off for generations to come.
     
    One way that AWWA helps achieve this goal is by helping customers understand that after water enters a home, conditions in the home plumbing system can affect the water’s quality. It is important for customers to learn to maintain high-quality water throughout their household plumbing systems.
     
    Water providers such as Platte Canyon “…work very hard to be sure that the water leaving the treatment plant meets all federal and state standards,” said AWWA Executive Director David LaFrance. “As customers, it’s up to us to help protect that water quality by maintaining our homes’ pipes and faucets.”
     
    To assist homeowners, AWWA has provided these top tips for maintaining water quality at home:
     
    1. Clean faucets and aerators regularly
    2. Clean and disinfect sinks and drains regularly
    3. Keep drains clear and unclogged
    4. Use cold water for drinking and preparing food
    5. Replace old plumbing and install certified “lead free” fixtures
    6. Flush cold water taps after household plumbing work or when the water hasn’t been used for several days
    7. Drain and flush your hot water heater annually
    8. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the water heater, filters, treatment devices, softeners and any other products attached to the water system
    9. Do not connect hoses or other devices intended for non-drinking purposes to household drinking water faucets
    10. Keep hazardous chemicals and unsanitary materials away from drinking water faucets.
     
    For more information on  Drinking Water Week please visit the AWWA website by clicking here.