This year’s Drinking Water Week provides an opportunity to recognize the hardworking men and women ensuring tap water is “There When You Need It.” The American Water Works Association will observe Drinking Water Week, May 3-9 this year, by 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 work of water professionals “behind the scenes.” Water professionals will continue to work to provide reliable water service for cleaning, hydration and cooking, which are critical to our health and safety throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Health organizations continue to state that normal hygienic practices, including handwashing for 20 seconds, play an important role in slowing the spread of the coronavirus. “During these difficult times, we reflect on the heroic work of health professionals and first responders who place themselves in harm’s way to keep us all healthy and safe,” said AWWA President Jim Williams. “I’ve referred to the water profession as a ‘vocation of distinction’ before. In these difficult times, it is also a vocation of heroism.” 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.