Southwest Environmental Finance Center

08May

Happy Drinking Water Week!

This month, in honor of AWWA’s Drinking Water Week, we asked each of our staff members their thoughts on drinking water. Here is what they said:

Dawn: I am a “water baby” born in February; my sign is “Aquarius” and I have always been drawn to water.  When I was young, after a rain storm, if a drain was clogged you could find me with a stick trying to get the water flowing again.  Water is so many things in my life: sport, health, career, family fun — the list goes on and on.  When I think specifically about drinking water I think about how overlooked and taken for granted it is in the U.S.  I think of places that don’t have enough drinking water or adequate infrastructure. I think of the impact those deficiencies have on everything from the health to the economy of those communities.  I wonder how many Americans have ever pumped water from a well or carried water from a spring.  It hasn’t been that long since those were the only ways to get water into our homes.  How far we’ve come and how far we have to go to protect the mighty resource that is drinking water.  My hope is that the work we are doing is putting us farther down the path of protection.

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03Apr

Consumer Confidence Reports – Transparency with the public

*Written by Rose Afandi. 

It is almost that time of the year again when all community water systems across the country are required to communicate the quality of their drinking water to their consumers through the publication of their annual consumer confidence report (CCR). Federal guidelines suggest that these reports should be made available to the public by July 1st each year, as they are an important tool for public communication and involvement. For some systems, the CCR provides an opportunity to showcase the work accomplished over the past year, ranging from developments and improvements at the water utility to reporting on good water quality results. For other systems, the CCR can be an undesirable disclosure of ‘not so good’ drinking water quality results and even incurred drinking water violations. Regardless of the situation, consumers have a right to know crucial information about their drinking water and any issues associated with it. Similar to food labels on food packaging at the grocery store, CCRs ensure that the public is well informed of what they are consuming. Each tap water user needs an assurance that they are consuming a clean and safe product. An informed public is always key to promoting confidence with water utilities. To learn more about CCRs visit the EPA website.

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