Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has assured consumers that drinking water is safe to use as normal. The consistent and reliable quality of drinking water is at the heart of the theme for this year’s Drinking Water Week, “There When You Need It” which will be held May 3-9 this year.
Groton Utilities and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) is observing Drinking Water Week 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”.
Many communities, including ours in Groton and our consecutive water systems here in southeastern Connecticut, are fortunate to have reliable access to safe water when they turn on the tap. In large part this stems from the regular testing Groton Utilities are subject to ensure that regulatory standards for water quality are met. In fact, every water system must publish a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR), which details its water quality.
“Shortly after the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic, the EPA and CDC each reminded us that we should trust our tap water as we normally would for hygiene and hydration,” said AWWA CEO David LaFrance. “This proved to be extremely important because handwashing is an important way to stop the spread of the virus. We couldn’t do that without high-quality drinking water.”
“Groton Utilities takes great pride in the quality of its drinking water and how safe it is,” said Director of Utilities Ron Gaudet. “Our upcoming water treatment plant is going to allow us to be able to offer the safest drinking water experience possible. So good drinking water gets even better.”
To commemorate the week, water utilities, water organizations, government entities, environmental advocates, schools and other stakeholders throughout North America and beyond will encourage consumers to understand and appreciate their drinking water.
About Drinking Water Week
For more than 40 years, 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 are available on the Drinking Water Week webpage.
Groton Utilities is a municipally owned and operated utility providing electric, water and sewage services to thousands of consumers in Southeastern Connecticut. It is our mission to provide the best quality water and electric services at the best possible rates while giving back to the community as a publicly owned utility.