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Drinking Water Week is May 2-8

Denver—The American Water Works Association's annual Drinking Water Week 2010 is May 2-8, with the theme, "Only Tap Water Delivers."

Throughout the week, AWWA will draw special attention to drinking water quality, water safety and conservation, and the importance of water infrastructure.

For 65 years, community water fluoridation has been a safe and healthy way to effectively prevent tooth decay. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recognized water fluoridation as one of 10 great public health achievements of the 20th century.

The AWWA encourages consumers to "get to know" their water during Drinking Water Week. In the U.S., community water systems are required to send water quality reports to customers by July 1 each year. The reports, which provide results of testing on approximately 90 contaminants and point out any violations of Safe Drinking Water Act standards, are often also posted online.

Water quality reports also carry information on the source and treatment of a community's tap water. More than 92 percent of public water systems in the United States had no violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act standards during the past year.

While customers of community water systems have their water tested every day and professionally treated for drinking, owners of private wells should take special steps to assure the safety of their water. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency advises private well users to be aware of potential pollution threats and to have their water tested periodically by a certified laboratory.

For more information on Drinking Water Week, observance materials, celebration ideas and more, visit the website.