By Jennifer Nations, Water Resource Coordinator
When you think about it, there’s nothing in your household that you pay less for that significantly impacts your quality of life more than tap water.
As we observed National Drinking Water Week this week, I realized that it coincides with Nurses Week, Public Service Recognition Week, Economic Development Week, and Teacher Appreciation Week.
That’s an impressive list that ties together nicely. After all, tap water contributes to public health, supports fire protection and economic growth, and enhances our overall quality of life. Moreover, access to clean, safe drinking water is essential for daily health, hygiene, and hydration.
Water industry professionals work tirelessly to ensure you have affordable access to high-quality water today and in the future. We encourage you to learn more about our water system, including the critical infrastructure transporting our drinking water from the Carrizo-Wilcox aquifer through over 400 miles of water lines – and eventually to your tap.
Regular testing ensures our drinking water meets strict regulatory standards. College Station’s annual Consumer Confidence Report is the quickest way to learn about water standards and treatment processes. The results of the 2022 water quality tests will be available next month.
Drinking Water Week is a decades-long tradition led by the American Water Works Association to celebrate water’s vital role in our lives. The observance began in 1988 when the AWWA formed a coalition with the League of Women Voters, the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
President Ronald Reagan later signed a joint congressional resolution designating the first week of May as Drinking Water Week, and we’ve observed it annually ever since.
As Drinking Water Week ends, we’re grateful our water is inexpensive and readily available at the touch of your tap.
Let’s not ever take that for granted.
About the Blogger
Jennifer Nations has been the City of College Station’s water resource coordinator since 1999 after two years as BVSWMA’s environmental compliance officer. Jennifer was appointed to the Brazos G Regional Water Planning Group in March 2021, serving as a voting representative for municipal water interests. A native of Fremont, Calif., she earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental & resource science from UC-Davis and a master’s degree in water management & hydrologic science from Texas A&M.
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