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For Immediate Release
May 4, 2021


Brandon Kernen
(603) 271-1168

NHDES kicks off Drinking Water Week highlighting tap water being 'There When You Need It'

Concord, NH – New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) and partners throughout North America today kicked off Drinking Water Week, by highlighting the fact that safe tap water is “There When You Need It.” Drinking Water Week is May 2-8 this year.
NHDES is observing Drinking Water Week by recognizing the role tap water plays in daily life, the Department’s efforts to ensure the safety and reliability of water supplies, the infrastructure that is required to carry it to and from homes and businesses, and the critical work that water professionals accomplish around the clock.
“Tap water continues to serve an integral role in meeting our daily hygiene needs during the coronavirus pandemic,” said American Water Works Association CEO David LaFrance. “Water professionals, the infrastructure they work to design, create and maintain, and the treatment process all work in harmony to ensure safe tap water is ‘There When You Need It.’”
“Water suppliers work hard to provide reliable access to safe water, and water customers need to do their part by using water wisely,” said Brandon Kernen, administrator of NHDES’ drinking water programs.  “With nearly half of New Hampshire already experiencing drought conditions this spring and the rest of the state on the verge of drought,” he noted, “everyone should heed any water use restrictions that water suppliers or municipalities adopt in order to ensure that water continues to be there when they need it later in the year.”

To commemorate the week, water utilities, water organizations, government entities, environmental advocates, schools and others throughout North America and beyond are encouraging consumers to learn more about the importance of water and water infrastructure, especially in times of crisis.
About Drinking Water Week
For several decades, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives. Free materials for download and additional information about Drinking Water Week are available on the Drinking Water Week webpage.

NHDES recognizes Drinking Water Week with the annual New Hampshire Drinking Water Festival and Science Fair, which this year is being held virtually.