Drinking Water Week 2021

Of all the advances to society, only tap water delivers public health protection, fire protection, support for our economy and the quality of life we enjoy. As such, there is a lesser known holiday known as Drinking Water Week. May 2-8, 2021 we will celebrate our water resources and its importance. This event has been celebrated by the American Water Works Association for more than 40 years. In hundreds of communities across the United States there exists a drinking water treatment facility. This facility is responsible for treating surface water or groundwater to drinking water standards. Many believe that one of the biggest public health initiatives of the 20th century was the addition of fluoride to drinking water. Not only did this reduce the number of dental hygiene issues and tooth loss, dental health is also related to hypertension, heart disease, digestive problems, and many other related illnesses. Additionally, having clean water for hand washing is one of the most important way to prevent the spread of diseases. In the midst of Covid-19, this is more important than ever. Drinking water supports the fire-fighting and protection of life and home, the same drinking water that we use every day to cook, wash, clean, and eat is the same drinking water that is used to put out fires, save lives, and property. Without a source of clean safe drinking water – our economies would not be able to grow. Water supports restaurants, food processing facilities, medical services, and the building of homes within communities. Over the years life expectancy has increased and part of the reason for that is water. Clean safe drinking water is vital to support the medical field and allows hospitals to deliver services safely. Clean, safe, reliable tap(drinking) water is a commodity most people take for granted and rarely consider it a luxury that many people are not able to enjoy. Take a moment to reflect on the activities you have used water for today.
“How do I know my water is safe to drink?” This is fairly common question people ask regarding their tap water. Since 1974, the Safe Drinking Water Act has been in place to protect the interest of the people. SDWA has changed and been amended several times over the years to address new contaminants and problems that have come up over the years. Some highlights of SDWA include boil water notices when the opportunity for contamination has occurred and the requirement for water providers to publish a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR). Every year water providers around the country are required to test for a long list of contaminants for levels as low as parts per billion on many of them. To better understand this concept, one part per billion is the concentration of a packet of sugar dissolved in an Olympic-sized swimming pool. It is also important to note that every 5 years EPA comes up with a list of potential contaminants to test for and research as potential new requirements to treat for. Extensive research is them done on this list to look into any impact to human health they may affect. If they are found to have a negative impact, even in a trace amount they must be test for going forward and listed in the CCR. With this information, an informed customer could then make an educated decision for him/herself as to whether they find it needful to do any further treatment for the water they drink. The CCR for CCWSA can be found on our website and at our main office upon request.
If you ever have a concern about your drinking water in color or taste we would recommend you first visiting the Frequently Asked Questions page on our website https://ccwsa.com/frequently-asked-questions/. If this does not answer your question or you still have a concern, please contact us at 770-479-1813 and we will be more than happy to answer your question and/or come take a sample.

Drinking Water Week Activities:

Come learn about our drinking water, ask questions and get fun freebies at these community events.

May 3: Frosty Frog Creamery & Café – 6205 Hickory Flat Highway, Suite 112, Canton. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

May 4: Reinhardt University – 7300 Reinhardt Circle, Waleska. 10 a.m.-noon, in the science building atrium.

May 5: Barrel House Coffee Co. – 275 Gilmer Ferry Road, Suite 5, Ball Ground. 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Are you interested in seeing where your water comes from and how it treated before it comes out of your faucet? We are offering Water Plant Tours at our Etowah River Water Treatment Facility in Ball Ground on May 4th from 9-11 am and May 6th from 2-4 pm. Contact Lori Forrester at lori.forrester@ccwsa.com or 770-479-1813 Ext. 246 to reserve your spot.

Coloring Contest: Coloring contest sheets for students grades K-3rd can be obtained here or at the main office – (140 W. Main Street). Completed coloring sheets can be dropped off at the main office (inside or drive-through) or simply take a photo of the completed coloring sheet and e-mail it to lori.forrester@ccwsa.com with students name/grade. One or more lucky winner(s) will be selected to win a $10 ice-cream gift card. The deadline to turn the coloring sheets is May 14th.

 

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