American Water Works Association's Drinking Water Week is May 7-13

The American Water Works Association and its members, such as the Henry County Water Authority (HCWA), celebrate National Drinking Water Week as a unique opportunity for water professionals and the communities they serve to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives.

For more than 40 years, AWWA has set aside a week in May to honor these essential workers in the water industry, who make sure customers have clean, safe, and dependable water at home, as well as for business and industry. This year, Drinking Water Week is recognized nationally during the week of May 7-13, 2023.

Thus, Drinking Water Week is an ideal time for the public to learn more about how vital clean, safe water is to public health and the environmental, now and in the future. In addition, the HCWA is inviting customers to learn more about the importance of water services and water infrastructure, especially in times of crises.

Since 2015, when Senate Bill 119 passed into law, the state of Georgia also has recognized the first Monday in May each year as Water Professionals Appreciation Day. This legislation brings recognition each year to all water professionals in the state, while building appreciation and support for clean water and the critically important work of those in the water industry. According to Authority officials, water professionals provide services that are often taken for granted but are essential to virtually everything we do.

One of many ways in which the HCWA invites customers to take a closer look at their water utility and the water professionals working on their behalf is to take part in the annual Citizen Academy, which the Authority hosts each Spring/Summer. There are many other opportunities for public education and involvement provided by the HCWA, which are outlined on the Authority’s website at

“Access to clean, safe drinking water is vital to daily health, hygiene, and hydration,” says David LaFrance, CEO of AWWA. “Professionals in the water sector work tirelessly to ensure we have affordable access to the high-quality water we need to strengthen our everyday life and broader communities today and in the future.”



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