Celebrate Drinking Water Week: May 4-10
Concord, NH - The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) is celebrating drinking water week from May 4-10. The purpose of Drinking Water Week is to highlight the value of water to each of us in our everyday lives.
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act, which is a national effort to provide quality drinking water and protect the health of our citizens. New Hampshire citizens are served daily by approximately 2,400 public drinking water systems. Everyone relies on public water systems, either at home or away from home at work, school, restaurants, and public places.
During Drinking Water Week, NHDES is emphasizing the importance of protecting our sources of water and using water more efficiently, as well as the value, importance, and fragility of our state’s water resources. NHDES 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. These efforts are vital to New Hampshire’s economy and to the public health of our citizens.
The tasks facing public drinking water systems continue to be extremely challenging—especially in an era of scarce public funds. The drinking water infrastructure in many cities is aging and presents daunting financial demands. “In New Hampshire, the estimated funding need is $2.9 billion over the next 10 years for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure upgrades, repairs and replacement,” according to Sarah Pillsbury, Administrator of NHDES’s Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau. A report issued in November 2013 by the Joint Legislative Study Commission on Water Infrastructure Sustainable Funding recommended that New Hampshire create a Water Trust Fund to ensure adequate investments in water infrastructure.