Happy Drinking Water Week! We are happy to be celebrating such an important week with so many across North America.
This year's theme is "Protect the Source", but what does that mean? The focus is on encouraging everyone to take personal responsibility for their tap water and protecting it as its source. Part of this responsibility is understanding your local water and where it comes from, because how can you properly protect it if you don't understand it?
Luckily, finding information about your local water is easy. The Safe Drinking Water Act, a federal law, makes it a requirement for water utilities to provide their customers with an annual water quality report, which is also called a Consumer Confidence Report. If you review your CCR, it will detail your local drinking water, if there are any contaminants, and if so, which ones. Also available in that report is information on your local source of drinking water. To obtain your most recent CCR, contact your water utility.
To find out more information on your local water source, there is a great resource available through EPA - "Surf Your Watershed". For Canadians, check out Heath Canada's info on this topic.
More information about your local water source is available right here on DrinkTap, on the "Your Local Water" webpage.