American Water Works Association: Drinking Water Week — May 6 – 12


Click here to go to the AWWA webpage. They write:

For more than 30 years, the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. Join AWWA in celebrating the essential by celebrating water.

From The Fort Morgan Times:

The City of Fort Morgan is joining with the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and water professionals across North America to celebrate Drinking Water Week May 6-12 and to highlight the importance of investing in water infrastructure.

“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,” said Mitch Church, city water distribution superintendent. “Those buried pipes deliver the water that is vital to our quality of life and economic vitality. They are among our most valuable community assets, and we need to assure they are in good working order for the next generation.”

Much of the drinking water infrastructure in Fort Morgan was constructed by previous generations during the early 1900s, the 1920s and during the post-World War II boom. Many of the water mains from all three eras must be replaced or repaired in the next 25 years.

In fact, according to a recent AWWA study titled “Buried No Longer: Confronting America’s Water Infrastructure Challenge,” the cost of repairing and expanding U.S. drinking water infrastructure will top $1 trillion in the next 25 years. That figure will rise to $1.7 trillion by 2050.

The City of Fort Morgan has more than $5 million in water distribution infrastructure upgrades planned in the next five years.

Addressing these issues will be costly, but not insurmountable, according to the “Buried No Longer” report. Facing them head-on by proactively investing in tap water systems is a smart, safe, common sense investment that will pay off for generations to come.

More infrastructure coverage here.

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