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It is National Drinking Water Week!!

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May 2-8, 2010 is National Drinking Water Week. The theme of this observance is “Only Tap Water Delivers”. 

 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the goal of this week is to highlight the importance of tap water and bring attention to everyone as to why investing in our public water systems is essential for safe healthy drinking water!

 

Did you know?

  • Nearly 286 million Americans receive their running water from a community water system.
  • Around 45 million Americans receive their running water from private ground water wells (Ground water wells are not required to follow Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines).
  • Tap water delivers fluoride, which will help prevent tooth decay!
  • Water fluoridation has been named one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century!
  • In the 1900’s there were approximately 100 cases of typhoid fever for every 100,000 persons living in the United States.  In 2006, it was found that only 0.1 cases for every 100,000 persons linked back to typhoid fever.  This significant decrease is due to the implementation of disinfection methods performed by the Environmental Protection Agency here in the U.S.
  • Due to the U.S.’s improvements in water quality over the years (water treatment, disinfection, and fluoridation) it has made the United State’s  tap water one of the safest and healthiest drinking water supplies in the world.

 

What you and your family should know:

  • Are you familiar with the Clean Water Act, which was passed in 1972?  Educate your kids on what it is and why it is important!
  •  Did you know that every community water supplier is required to provide it’s customers with an annual consumer confidence report?  Every year by July 1, you should receive this report in the mail.  It will tell you where your water comes from, the level of contaminants in it and how customers can get involved in protecting their drinking water!
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    How You Can Help!

    • Be involved! Visit the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency website and enter your area code to find out how you can help in your area!
    • Be informed!
    • Be observant! (Communicate with your neighbors, be alert & be aware of your surroundings)
    • Don’t Contaminate!

     

    Why Water and Health Go Hand and Hand:

     

    Most people know that drinking water is very beneficial for a healthy lifestyle; but do you know of all the other reasons it is important that we have healthy water?  Check out all of  the CDC’s different healthy water topics! http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/

     

    Fun fact:

    Did you know the human body is composed of 70% water?

     

    This week do some research about your own tap water and then sit back & enjoy a nice cool, clean glass of water in celebration of National Drinking Water Week!

     

    Sources:

     

    http://www.cdc.gov/Features/DrinkingWater/index.html

    http://www.cdc.gov/Features/DrinkingWater/graph.html

    http://health.utah.gov/epi/fact_sheets/typhoid.pdf 

    http://www.epa.gov/safewater/dwinfo/index.html

    http://www.epa.gov/agriculture/lcwa.html#National Pollutant

    http://www.epa.gov/safewater/wot/pdfs/book_waterontap_full.pdf

    http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/drinking/

    http://www.epa.gov/

    http://www.peoples-health.com/water-is-life.html

    http://www.cdc.gov/healthywater/

    http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/cwa.cfm?program_id=45

     

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