City of Monroe to Celebrate National Drinking Water Week
National Drinking Water Week runs from Sunday, May 6, through Saturday, May 12. To kick off the start of National Water Week, the Water Resources Department will be at the Customer Service Center, 201 E. Windsor Street, on Friday, May 4 from 9 am to 3 pm. Come out and see displays of the processes behind the water, meet our staff, and schedule a free tour.
Americans enjoy some of the highest-quality drinking water in the world. Drinking Water Week 2018 is an opportunity for people across the United States to celebrate our drinking water resource and renew our commitment to keeping it safe. This year’s theme is “Protect the Source."
This year’s theme draws special attention to educating citizens about protecting the source waters from pollution, practicing water conservation, and drinking water quality and safety. Tap water is one of the true values left in today’s economy: A 20-ounce sports bottle can be filled over 2,500 times from your Monroe tap for just $1.00! Under the City’s current fee schedule, you can get 1,000 gallons of water for just $2.57.
Have you ever wondered?
The Water Resources Department is offering tours of the John Glenn Water Treatment Facility. These tours will provide an educational and informative view of the process that converts our lake water to your tap water. Our team will show you the technology, safety, and staffing that makes this possible. The tours are available for individuals and groups. To reserve your tour, please contact Water Resources at (704) 282-4601.
Did you know that Monroe’s water supply system delivers the following important benefits?
- Public Health Protection – Over 3 million people in the world die each year from preventable water borne diseases while Americans can drink from any public tap with virtual certainty of quality and safety. Monroe’s water supply must meet rigorous protective health standards at all times.
- Fire protection – Monroe’s water supply is ever ready to support local fire departments any time they need water for firefighting.
- Economic Support – Without a well-operated and maintained water supply system, communities do not thrive or prosper. Monroe has been vigilant in maintaining water supply for citizens as well as important economic development projects.
- Quality of life – From health needs to recreation, when water service is interrupted, we are all reminded of the extraordinary value of water resources and service.
The American Water Works Association (AWWA) sponsors Drinking Water Week. Established in 1881, AWWA is the oldest and largest nonprofit, scientific, and educational organization dedicated to safe water in North America. AWWA has more than 50,000 members and its 3,900 utility members serve 80 percent of the U.S. population.