The American Water Works Association (AWWA) and partners throughout North America today kicked off Drinking Water Week , a decades-long tradition led by the AWWA. Taking place May 7-13 this year, Drinking Water Week is a celebration recognizing the vital role water plays in everyday our communities. AWWA recognizes Drinking Water Week by inviting the public to learn about the importance of clean, safe water in daily life and its role in protecting public health and the environment now and in the future. This year, AWWA encourages participants to honor the critical work that water professionals accomplish around the clock to deliver quality tap water while bolstering resilience for water in the future. 'Access to clean, safe drinking water is vital to our daily health, hygiene and hydration,' said AWWA CEO David LaFrance. 'Water professionals work tirelessly to ensure we have affordable and high-quality water to support our communities today and in the future.' To commemorate the week, water utilities, water consultants and manufacturers, government entities, environmental advocates, schools and others throughout North America and beyond are encouraging consumers to learn more about the importance of water services and water infrastructure. # # # About AWWA Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most vital resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life. 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 AWWA’s Drinking Water Week webpage .