During this year’s Drinking Water Week , water providers, environmental advocates schools and others are drawing attention to the critical infrastructure that transports water from collection to treatment to consumption to ensure drinking water is “There When You Need It.” The American Water Works Association (AWWA) and partners throughout North America are celebrating Drinking Water Week May 3-9 this year, recognizing the vital role tap water plays in daily life, the infrastructure that is required to carry it to and from homes and businesses, and the important and often unnoticed work of water professionals. North American water systems are critical to maintaining public health, economic vitality, fire protection and quality of life. More than a million miles of buried water pipes ensure reliable water is transported for cleaning, hydration and cooking, which are critical to our health and safety throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. “Our tap water plays a vital role in keeping each of us healthy and safe during the coronavirus pandemic,” said AWWA CEO David LaFrance. “It is important to recognize the critical role water infrastructure plays, every day, in ensuring our tap water is there when you need it for drinking, cooking and hygiene.” To commemorate the week, water utilities, water organizations, government entities, environmental advocates, schools and others throughout North America and beyond will encourage consumers to learn more about the importance of water and water infrastructure, especially in times of crisis. 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 is available on the Drinking Water Week webpage . # # # 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 important resource. With approximately 51,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.