As Drinking Water Week continues, the South Blount County Utility District joins water professionals across North America to highlight the importance of a safe, reliable water supply to our overall quality of life – from public health protection and fire suppression to the critical role it plays in supporting the economy.
“Tap water is such an integral part of our daily lives that we sometimes don’t notice its immeasurable value,” said Danny Gregory, SBCUD plant manager. “Only tap water delivers the high quality of life we enjoy.”
In a world where an estimated three million people die every year from preventable waterborne diseases, people in North America can drink from virtually any public tap with a high assurance of safety. Without our modern water systems, diseases such as cholera and dysentery would be a tragic part of our everyday life.
In the United States alone, over 1.5 million fires happen each year. While most of us never think about fires until they occur, there is a vast network of water infrastructure in place to protect us when they do. In most communities, water flowing to fire hydrants and home faucets is transported by the same system of water mains, pumps and storage tanks. Simply put, a water system that provides reliable water at a high pressure and volume can be the difference between a manageable fire and an inferno.
Though often taken for granted, tap water is critical to the daily operations of existing businesses and to the vitality of new commercial enterprises and residential developments in a host of important ways. From foods and beverages, to toothpastes and perfumes, water is the primary ingredient in hundreds of thousands of every day products. Therefore, the availability of water resources and service has a profound effect on job creation and overall economic prosperity.
In an effort to bring conversation about the value of tap water above ground, the American Water Works Association and its members will continue to highlight the need to protect and preserve our most valuable natural resource – drinking water.
To learn more about Drinking Water Week and the events in your area please visit www.southblountutility.org and click on the ‘projects’ section.