This year we join with organizations throughout North America to celebrate Drinking Water Week from May 2-8, highlighting how tap water is “There When You Need It.”
Water professionals and businesses play a vital role in keeping our drinking water safe – by protecting the groundwater in Marion County, a source of our drinking water.
In Marion County, water professionals work around the clock to maintain the infrastructure that is required to carry drinking water from 72 wells to homes and businesses. This year during the COVID-19 pandemic, clean water supply was critical to hospitals and individuals alike.
“Tap water continues to serve an integral role in meeting our daily hygiene needs during the coronavirus pandemic,” said American Water Works Association CEO David LaFrance. “Water professionals, the infrastructure they work to design, create and maintain, and the treatment process all work in harmony to ensure safe tap water is ‘There When You Need It.’”
In addition to the water professionals who maintain our drinking water systems, businesses play a crucial role in keeping drinking water safe. Organizations who conduct business in one of the 7 Wellfield Protection Areas in Marion County are required to comply with local and federal regulations to protect groundwater (and ultimately drinking water). Countless gas stations, dry cleaners, and manufacturers and other industries have implemented procedures to focus on best management practices in their handling of chemicals, waste, liquids, or other substances that could contaminate groundwater. We applaud your efforts to ensure tap water is there when we need it!
We encourage you, whether a consumer or business, to learn more about the importance of water, our local water infrastructure, and how you can protect it.
If you are a business located in a Marion County Wellfield Protection Area, contact us to schedule a free, confidential assessment of your facility’s procedures and groundwater protection plans.
Groundwater is our drinking water – let’s protect it!
About Drinking Water Week
For several decades, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives. Free materials for download and additional information about Drinking Water Week are available on the Drinking Water Week webpage.