Hosted by BCWWA annually, BC Water Week provides a unique opportunity for water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in our daily lives. Learning about our water is the first step towards protecting public health. This year’s BC Water Week is May 3-9, 2020 and the theme is “There when you need it.”
Why do we celebrate our water systems?
We often take for granted the natural resources as well as the pipes, pumps and people that deliver safe and reliable water and wastewater services to our home and businesses each day. Tap water: there is no substitute
Tap water protects our health, environment, and quality of life. We all rely on clean, safe water to drink and wash, and to flush waste from our homes and businesses. Our water systems deliver fire protection and support our economy. Because of tap water, we stay hydrated, healthy and happy.
Investment in water systems protects our health, environment and quality of life. While water is provided by nature, there is a real cost for the pipes, pumps, equipment and people who ensure it is safely delivered to our taps and returned to the environment every day. Aging infrastructure, population growth, strengthen regulations, seismic hazards, and climate change are driving the need to invest in upgrades and renewal of our water systems. If we aren’t willing to pay for these essential systems, our health and prosperity are at risk.
We are all stewards of our water systems, for this generation and the next. We can each do our part to protect our source waters from pollution, practice water conservation, and encourage our elected officials to make water and sewer system renewal and top priority of community investment.
Materials for this year’s BC Water Week celebration are available to download through BCWWA’s Value of Water website.
Drinking Water Week materials can be used by members to engage with consumers, public officials and media about the reliability of drinking water and the professionals associated with delivering water from collection to consumption.
This year’s campaign materials include:
The BCWWA’s Drinking Water Week campaign website, Value of Water, also includes a form for participants to register. While not mandatory, we encourage participants to sign up so we can let others know what organizations are participating in this annual celebration.
AWWA has additional children’s materials that also may be useful during BC Water Week. Classroom lessons and books and other learning resources are available for children of all ages.
For celebration ideas, visit affliate organization AWWA’s Drinking Water Week’s webpage.
Additional resources for learning more about the value of water: