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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DATE: May 4, 2011
CONTACT: Alicia Carlson, (603) 271-4071
Jim Martin, (603) 271-3710

Drinking Water Week is May 1 – 7
NH Water Festival and Science Fair Information Provided

Concord, NH — This year marks the 37th Anniversary of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, which forms the core of national efforts to provide quality drinking water and protect public health. May 1 to 7, 2011 is National Drinking Water Week – a national observance that highlights the value of water in daily life. Drinking water is one of New Hampshire’s most precious resources, and keeping it safe, clean and abundant through careful management and protection is vital to the state’s economy and to the public health of its residents.

National Drinking Water Week recognizes the importance of water source protection and conservation, as well as the value, importance, and fragility of our state’s water resources. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES) works with drinking water utilities to make sure that the water delivered to consumers meets all federal and state standards and is clean and abundant.

The tasks facing state drinking water programs and public water systems continue to be extremely challenging – especially in an era of scarce resources. The drinking water infrastructure in many cities is aging and presents daunting financial demands. Nationwide, new and emerging drinking water contaminants associated with municipal wastewater and industrial sources are ongoing concerns.

To honor this finite resource and celebrate National Drinking Water Week, the New Hampshire Drinking Water Week Coalition, in conjunction with DES, sponsored a water festival, today, May 4, at the Project SEE Learning Center in Concord. Over 350 fourth grade students from Concord elementary schools braved the rain to learn about protecting our drinking water sources.

On May 5, the finals for the New Hampshire Fourth Grade Water Science Fair are being held at the Amoskeag Fishways in Manchester (www.amoskeagfishways.org), which includes students from Harrisville, Keene and Manchester schools.

“Each year during National Drinking Water Week, New Hampshire renews its commitment to build on the successes of the past 37 years,” noted Sarah Pillsbury, Administrator of the DES Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau. “And we continue to work with all of our partners in the water community to fully realize the public health goals of the federal and state Safe Drinking Water Acts.”

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