Experts Talk about the Importance of National Drinking Water Week


Harpers Ferry, Wv - This week marks National Drinking Water week.

Those who work to keep our drinking water clean say, knowing where it comes from is one of the first steps in protecting it.

"Runoff goes into the storm sewage, which goes into the rivers and the rivers become the source of the next town drinking water,  so its really an individual thing your human activity affects the river," said Thomas Jacobus, general manager of the Washington Aqueduct.

Jacobus says activities that affect drinking water quality are year round.

"In the winter times, the salts we put on the road to make it safer to drive; those salts will go into the storm drains and into the rivers, so we would ask people to use the minimal amount to keep it safe," said Jacobus. "There are many things we can do."

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, each American uses about 100 gallons of water per day.

"There is a lot more the drinking water than just drinking it, we bath in it, we wash our cars in it, but it is also a major part of manufacturing and all of our other things we use," said John Moore, director of the Chesapeake section of the American Water Works Association.

These experts say that this week is a time to educate the community on what they can do individually and collectively to keep their water as clean and pure as possible.

"People they open up their tap and they just take it for granted and national drinking water week makes people aware that we have tens to thousands of folks that work in this industry that work hard everyday and perform numerous tests to make sure the water is safe," said Scott Shipe, government affairs chair of the Chesapeake section of the American Water Works Association.

National drinking water week is observed every year during the first week in May.

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