Water awareness is growing, thanks to a number of increasingly coordinated celebrations, activities, and public outreach efforts by public agencies and nonprofit organizations.
Here in North America, most people have ready access to clean drinking water. In fact, we’re so used to water being available, on demand, that we forget how important it is. Much of the world’s population lives without the assurance of safe drinking water.
If we’re going to keep our water wealth, we need to recognize its real value, in the many ways we use and enjoy it. We need to learn more about how our natural water ecosystems and human-made water infrastructure works.
To that end, May has been declared Water’s Worth It Month – a time to remember, learn about, and celebrate water. Many communities, municipal water and wastewater utilities, schools, and environmental organizations are presenting entertaining and informative events in May. For an overview of the month, useful facts, ideas for ways your community or company can participate, along with schedules of local activities, visit http://www.waters-worth-it.org/
Appropriately, May 6 through 12 is National Drinking Water Week. First established over 40 years ago by the American Water Works Association, this week-long observance was declared in a joint congressional resolution and signed by President Ronald Reagan.
We’re often most aware of water when we’re having fun with it, so Vermont Rural Water Association has been hosting an annual Drinking Water Tasting Contest, a contest between competing municipal water systems’ for product flavor, to be held on May 10 at in Fairlee, Vermont.
To get a more comprehensive overview of the week, you can view a recent post by the national Centers for Disease Control : https://www.cdc.gov/features/drinkingwater/index.html
Check out the Water’s Worth It link above for more water-related activities. If you can’t catch one this month, though, remember that water awareness through fun and informative events won’t end in May.
Every year since 2014, GMWEA has presented Water Quality Day, featuring open houses and tours of water and wastewater facilities throughout the state, in May. This year, however, we’ve decided to hold the event in conjunction with Vermont Clean Water Week activities, July 30 through August 3. The week, established by the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources and proclaimed by Governor Phil Scott, will also include a wide range of recreational activities, contests, and facility tours, presented by GMWEA and over 100 other organizations!