Drinking Water Week
Drinking Water Week
Drinking Water Week, May 6-12, 2018, is an opportunity recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives and is celebrated each year during the first full week of May. To celebrate, the Department of Natural Resources and the American Water Works Association will hold a poster contest for Missouri fifth-grade students.
Drinking Water Week is a week set aside each year to make people more aware of the benefits of tap water. A safe, reliable water supply is critical to the success of any community. It creates jobs, attracts industry and investment and provides for the health and welfare of citizens in ways ranging from disease prevention to fire suppression. We often take water resources for granted unless we are living through a drought or when depleted water supplies threaten a community's future. Water plays a vital role in our daily lives, and this poster contest asked students to celebrate what only tap water can deliver.
By far the largest source of drinking water for Missourians is surface water from the Missouri River. The abundant supply of water in the Missouri River and its proximity to the state’s major population centers make the use of this river as a source so popular.
Groundwater is the next most used source of drinking water for Missouri’s community supplies. In southern Missouri, good quality groundwater is easy to obtain and typically requires very little treatment to be used for drinking water. Some groundwater systems have the best of both worlds and use alluvial wells in valleys of the Missouri and Mississippi river system where they can get large volumes of water free of surface contaminants. Wells in the Missouri River alluvium provide groundwater to a significant population. More than half the state’s population gets their drinking water from the Missouri River or its alluvial wells. The importance of this resource cannot be overstated.
Want to learn more about your drinking water? Read your public water supply's Consumer Confidence Report.
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