AWWA invites water utilities, sections and other partners to join the Association in declaring Sept. 26-Oct. 2 the first-ever “Source Water Protection Week.” Throughout the week, we will be raising awareness about the importance of caring for our precious drinking water sources. Source Water Protection Week materials are now available , and many additional resources will be added between now and Sept. 26. Why Source Water Protection Week? The best way to assure we have high quality drinking water at the tap is to protect our precious water sources. If we keep our rivers, lakes and underground wells free from pollution, it's easier and less expensive to keep water safe and healthy. ‘Show Your Source’ Social Media Contest As part of Source Water Protection Week, we are hosting a #ShowYourSource social media contest. Beginning Sept. 26 and throughout the week, utilities are urged to post photos or short videos to social media showcasing their precious source water. Use the hashtag #ShowYourSource. Ways Utilities Can Recognize Source Water Protection Week: Prepare an official proclamation declaring Sept. 26-Oct. 2 Source Water Protection Week in your community. Share a copy or link to your local source water assessment and/or protection plan, along with guidance on how to ask questions or provide feedback. Post information to social media related to drinking water sources and source water protection. Encourage viewer engagement through comments and interactive content. Take part in the #ShowYourSource social media contest. Share educational materials about source water protection. Examples could include training courses, webinars, workshops, and K-12 school programs. The Source Water Collaborative Learning Exchange is a great place to start. Issue a newsletter or press release that focuses on the importance of source water protection, how the utility approaches it, and actions everyone can take to protect drinking water supplies. Hold a poster, photo, or essay contest for kids to show what source water protection means to them. Host a live or virtual watershed tour to help people connect land use activities to the quantity and quality of water for drinking water supplies. Connect with local watershed and conservation organizations to discuss ways to partner on source water protection efforts. Host and/or participate in community volunteer activities that protect the environment such as watershed cleanups, stenciling stormwater drains, and planting trees or riparian buffers. Questions? Please contact Greg Kail , AWWA director of communications.