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American Water Works Association leads 2024 Drinking Water Week celebration

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) and partners across North America today begin celebrating Drinking Water Week 2024. This annual observance emphasizes the essential role of clean, safe water in communities, spotlights the work of dedicated water professionals, and stresses for the importance of investing in water infrastructure.

Drinking Water Week 2024 coincides with the 50th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), a landmark piece of legislation that has dramatically improved public health protection. AWWA is commemorating the act's achievements, recognizing ongoing challenges to water quality, and urging continued investment to ensure all communities have access to safe, reliable drinking water.

“Safe, clean water connects us all,” said David LaFrance, AWWA CEO. “When we recognize where our water comes from and how it touches every part of our lives, we understand its value, we become driven to keep it safe and accessible, and we make choices that lead to a sustainable water future. Drinking Water Week reminds us to embrace a sense of shared responsibility for the world’s most vital resource. Importantly, it’s also a perfect time to celebrate the professionals who work every day to keep safe water flowing around the clock.”

AWWA encourages everyone – utilities, local governments, consumers, schools and all water stakeholders – to participate in Drinking Water Week. Some opportunities for engagement include:

  • Check local utility activities: Discover what local water utilities are doing to celebrate Drinking Water Week. Many host events or offer educational resources.
  • Learn about drinking water: Explore its source and how it's treated using resources provided by local water utilities.
  • Thank a water professional: Acknowledge the essential work they do to safeguard water and community well-being.
  • Support water initiatives: Get involved in community efforts to conserve water and advocate for investment in water infrastructure.

Throughout the week, AWWA will share educational resources and stories highlighting water professionals. To find ways to participate visit the Drinking Water Week page. For downloadable campaign assets, visit the materials page. Participants can engage with the campaign on social media by using the hashtag #DrinkingWaterWeek.

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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.