ANSI is proud to recognize the annual observance of Drinking Water Week, and honors the important work done by AWWA and other members of the ANSI Federation to support the availability and safety of drinking water in the U.S. and abroad. Along with AWWA, ANSI members and accredited standards developers ASTM International and NSF International, among others, have created standards and related documents providing important guidance on topics including drinking water treatment, water piping, and water analysis.
In addition, a number of ANSI-accredited certification bodies (CBs) are active in assessing compliance to water quality standards, including ICC Evaluation Services, CSA International, IAPMO R&T, NSF International, Underwriters Laboratories, and the Water Quality Association. To learn more about the scopes of accreditation for these bodies, take a look at ANSI's accreditation directory for the Product Certification Accreditation Program, or visit www.ansi.org/accreditation.
During Drinking Water Week, AWWA encourages communities to hold water-related events and activities in order to bolster awareness of the importance of drinking water to individual neighborhoods and towns, as well as to society as a whole. Poster contests, adopt-a-hydrant programs, and open public meetings are just some of the many ways that individuals and community groups can get the word out about the importance of drinking water.
"Drinking Water Week provides an excellent time to focus on the role we all play in understanding and caring for our water supplies and systems," said David LaFrance, AWWA's executive director. "Let's use this opportunity to help protect all of our communities' health and vitality by learning more about how we maintain a safe and sustainable supply of drinking water."
For more suggestions about how to mark Drinking Water Week, or to access other free water-related resources, visit the official Drinking Water Week website here.