Water is Essential – Every Drop Matters
Each year during the first week of May, PWC joins the American Water Works Association (AWWA) to promote National Drinking Water Week and the vital role water plays in our daily lives. We annually provide our Water Quality Report to show customers our testing results that meet or surpass standards and expectations for the highest quality drinking water.
Water infrastructure is largely invisible. Because it’s out of sight, it’s out of mind for most people. Most of us never think about how water gets to the tap or where it goes after it swirls down the drain. Luckily, we don’t have to. Pumps, treatment plants, and pipes bring us clean water and carry away wastewater. All day, every day. But our water systems are aging ad they need investment to continue delivering life’s most essential resource.
Water is life! It drives economic growth & competitiveness, revitalizes neighborhoods & supports community vitality, protects public health, and sustains our environment. Water providers are economic anchors, frontline environmental stewards, good community partners, and innovators. While nature provides water, it takes pipes, pumps, equipment, and people working 24/7 to deliver clean water to homes and businesses, and then remove and treat wastewater so it can safely be reused or returned to the environment.
Water is Essential for Everything We Do in Life
- From agriculture to manufacturing, most sectors of our economy rely on water. Without water, our economy would grind to a halt.
- We need water to make a cup of coffee, fight fires, build bridges, and swim on a summer day.
- We need water to grow strawberries, manufacture blue jeans, and make life-saving medicines.
- 64,240 gallons: the amount of water used by the average American in one year.
- 68,87: the number of drinking water and wastewater systems in the U.S.
- 40,000: gallons of water to make one car (not counting the gas).
- 1,230: gallons of water to yield one beef steak.
- 19: gallons of water to grow one apple.
Source: water.org, EPA, Science Media Center