The week of May 5-11, 2019, we’ll be celebrating Drinking Water Week here in Round Rock. The Round Rock water utility staff are planning several outreach activities this week to show our water customers what the water utility staff actually does: from installing and testing water meters to installing and repairing water lines; to education and fixing leaks, to cleaning and delivering the clean water we rely on each day.
- May 7-11 : Information table at the Library, tons of useful information
- May 10 (3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) : Water Treatment Plant Tours! Complete the Tour Request Form to reserve your spot. Tours are at 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
- May 11 (2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.) : Show & Tell with Water Utility Staff! Learn all the different aspects involved to get clean, safe, reliable drinking water delivered to your home during our “Show & Tell” at the Library.
- People can live several weeks without food, but only a few days without water. We should drink six to eight glasses of water each day!
- Without water, the earth would look like the moon.
- Water makes up 83% of our blood, 70% of our brain, and 90% of our lungs. Overall, our bodies are 70% water.
- A tomato is about 95% water. An apple, a pineapple, and an ear of corn are each 80% water.
- Check faucets for leaks. Even a slow drip takes 10 to 25 gallons of water. Just think, 15 drips per minute adds up to almost 3 gallons of water wasted per day, 65 gallons wasted per month, and 788 gallons wasted per year!
- Keep showers to 5 minutes or less in length. A five-minute shower takes 10 to 25 gallons of water.
- Keep a pitcher of water in the refrigerator. Then you won’t have to run tap water to cool it.
- Use a broom to sweep your driveway, garage, or sidewalk instead of using water.
- Use a bucket of water to wash your bike or the family car and rinse quickly with a hose.
- Water your lawn in the evening or early morning to avoid evaporation. Be careful to water only the lawn and not the sidewalk or street.
- Use water only when you need it. Don’t leave water running; be sure to turn it off when you are finished.
History of Drinking Water Week
For more than 35 years the American Water Works Association has celebrated Drinking Water Week with its members.
In 1988, AWWA brought the event to the attention of our government and subsequently a resolution to name the first week of May as Drinking Water Week, and an information kit was distributed to the media and to more than 10,000 utilities.
The following year, AWWA approached several organizations to participate. Through these efforts, the National Drinking Water Alliance was formed of 15 nonprofit educational, professional, and public interest organizations. The Alliance dedicated itself to public awareness and involvement in public and private drinking water issues, and continued its work to organize a major annual educational campaign built around Drinking Water Week.
The power of the multi-organization Alliance enabled Drinking Water Week to grow into widespread and committed participation throughout the United States and Canada. In 1991, the Alliance launched a national campaign to inform the public about America’s drinking water. The group distributed a kit containing ideas for celebrating Drinking Water Week, conservation fact and tip sheets, news release and posters. The theme was “There’s a lot more to drinking water than meets the eye.”