Press Release

NAWC Celebrates 2021 National Drinking Water Week

For immediate release:

PHILADELPHIA, PA (May 4, 2021) – The National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) is proud to join industry partners in celebrating Drinking Water Week that runs through Saturday, May 8. As the Biden administration and Congress continue to assess our nation’s infrastructure challenges, industry efforts like Drinking Water Week are critical to remind Americans everywhere of the critical infrastructure that transports water from collection to treatment to consumption to ensure drinking water is “There When You Need It.”

“While infrastructure discussions have been more prevalent this year, most people still don’t recognize the complicated physical and logistical variables that truly determine the quality and safety of America’s drinking water,” said NAWC President & CEO Robert F Powelson. “For more than 125 years, NAWC members have been championing the investment and expertise needed to deliver life’s most vital resource safely and reliably– and with water supply reliability increasingly ranking as the highest federal priority to voters, the time to take action to not only invest in our water systems, but also increase water quality accountability is urgent now more than ever.”

The Value of Water campaign’s most recent survey revealed that “ensuring a reliable water supply” was the highest single federal priority (83%) of the majority of voters. In the same survey, voters responded that “addressing drinking water contamination” and “rebuilding America’s infrastructure” were top priorities, on par with rebuilding the economy and ending the COVID-19 pandemic.

America’s water companies are committed to working with Congress and organizations like the American Water Works Association (AWWA) to recognize the vital role tap water plays in daily life, improve the infrastructure that is required to carry it to and from homes and businesses, and to honor the important and often unnoticed efforts of water professionals who are on the frontlines of our work to improve drinking water quality nationwide.

Visit to learn more about how America’s water companies stand ready to work with lawmakers and regulators to find effective solutions to improve critical drinking water and wastewater systems that millions of families, businesses and countless others rely on every day.

About Drinking Water Week

For several decades, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week when water professionals and the communities they serve join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives. Free materials for download and additional  information about Drinking Water Week are available on the Drinking Water Week webpage.

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About NAWC

National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) member companies safeguard public health and promote environmental stewardship as they serve the water and wastewater needs of nearly 73 million Americans every day. NAWC members have an exceptional record of compliance with federal and state health and environmental regulations. Ensuring this high standard of quality requires extraordinary amounts of capital investment. The 10 largest NAWC member companies collectively invest nearly $3.7 billion annually to ensure their water infrastructure is well maintained and that safe and clean drinking water is available whenever needed. Learn more about NAWC and the companies we proudly represent at or follow on Twitter and LinkedIn.