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For Immediate Release
May 6, 2021

Water professionals are 'There When You Need It' during Drinking Water Week, every week

Concord, NH – Drinking Water Week offers consumers an opportunity to recognize the hardworking people performing essential roles to ensure that tap water is “There When You Need It.” Drinking Water Week is May 2-8 this year.
 
New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) and partners throughout North America are observing Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role tap water plays in daily life, the infrastructure that is required to carry it to and from homes and businesses, and the important work of water professionals “behind the scenes.”
 
“The coronavirus pandemic continues to make evident the hard work performed by the people in the water sector,” said American Water Works Association CEO David LaFrance. “The work they are performing throughout the pandemic, often sacrificing time with their family, is nothing short of heroic. I am proud to be associated with them.”
 
“The hard work and dedication of water system operators in New Hampshire has always been remarkable,” noted Brandon Kernen, administrator of NHDES’ drinking water programs, “and they have really stepped up during the COVID pandemic to ensure the same level of service as before.”  According to Kernen, since early in the pandemic water systems have implemented plans to ensure staffing of water treatment plants as well as operation and maintenance of other water infrastructure.  As a result, there have been no pandemic-related interruptions in these essential services.
 
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.
 
More information about NHDES’ drinking water programs.