CDC: National Drinking Water Week Starts on May 4

CDC is reminding the public that this year marks the 100th anniversary of what it considers one of the most significant public health advances in U.S. history, the disinfection of drinking water. To highlight the importance of safe tap water and the need to reinvest in water infrastructure, the American Water Works Association and an alliance of other organizations are sponsoring National Drinking Water Week.

CDC says many improvements in the health of the U.S. population have resulted from improvements in drinking water, such as preventing tooth decay through community fluoridation and controlling infectious diseases.

CDC's activities related to National Drinking Water Week include promoting waterborne disease prevention, reducing the adverse health effects from contaminated drinking water, improving access to safe water internationally, addressing terrorism concerns related to waterborne pathogens, strengthening waterborne disease outbreak surveillance and investigations, and supporting water-related programs at local and state health departments.

Additional information is available at www.awwa.org/advocacy/dww.

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