This week (May 2–8) is National Drinking Water Week. For us at Loudoun Water, every week is drinking water week. We know many people don’t really think about their water as long as it flows, and you shouldn’t have to. You turn on the tap, and there it is. It’s available every day for cooking, cleaning, bathing, drinking, suppressing fires, constructing buildings, controlling temperatures, etc. It’s also a universal solvent, next to mom’s spit, of course.
There are times when water isn’t readily available, such as during natural disasters, or unexpected occurrences such as water main breaks. The most recent incident was in Boston, MA, where a 10-foot wide metal pipe broke along its coupling. Residents were asked to boil water before drinking or cooking to helpl avoid any health risks.
As a nation, we have aging infrastructure that will need to be addressed to ensure the stability and quality of our drinking water. Compared to other utilities, Loudoun Water is young at 51, but we are steadfast in our future planning to maintain, replace if needed, and improve our mains and distribution system. It’s our Mission to provide sustainable water services to protect health, the environment and quality of life. If you’re interested, you can learn more about how water is processed from the source to the tap, along with job descriptions of the people who get it there at drinktap.org.
For more than 35 years, the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – an opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. We hope you join us in celebrating National Drinking Water Week next time you enjoy a glass of tap water. Salud.
Other useful links
How’s the quality of your drinking water
Learn about your plumbing and pipes
What you can do to save water