During Drinking Water Week (May 6-12th), San Diego plumber, Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air, joined the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and water professionals across North America in highlighting the importance of investing in water infrastructure. “We all agree that water is an essential element in our daily lives, but for North Americans, water service is a convenience that we too often take for granted,” says AWWA Executive Director David LaFrance. “Those buried pipes deliver the water that is vital to our quality of life and economic vitality. They are among our most valuable community assets, and we need to assure they are in good working order for the next generation.” Much of our drinking water infrastructure was constructed by previous generations during the late 1800s, the 1920s and during the Post World War II boom. Many of the water mains from all three eras must be replaced or repaired in the next 25 years.
Why Maintaining Our Water Infrastructure is So Important
- Public Health Protection In a world where an estimated eight million people die every day from preventable waterborne diseases, people in North America can drink from virtually any public tap with a high assurance of safety. Without our modern water systems, diseases such as cholera and dysentery would be a tragic part of our everyday life. Fire Protection In the United States and Canada, over 1.5 million house fires occur each year. While most of us never think about fires until they occur, there is a vast network of water infrastructure in place to protect us when they do. Simply put, a water system that provides reliable water at a high pressure and volume can be the difference between a manageable fire and an inferno.Support for the Economy Though often taken for granted, tap water is critical to the daily operations of existing businesses and to the vitality of new commercial enterprises and residential developments. From foods and beverages to toothpaste and perfumes, water is the primary ingredient in hundreds of thousands of everyday products. Therefore, the availability of water resources and service has a profound effect on job creation and overall economic prosperity.
Water Treatment in Your Home
Go green and save some green! Read our recent blogs for whole house water treatment solutions that improve water quality and water system efficiency. You can also contact us (858-292-4164) and we’re happy to answer any of your questions about your home’s water quality. Emergency Preparation: Homeowners should be prepared for rare service interruptions that can occur from natural disasters, system malfunctions, power outages or other events. Preparing for water emergencies includes:Storing Water
- Store one gallon (about 4 liters) of water per person per day. Have enough water on hand to last at least three days.
- Store water in quality food-grade plastic containers instead of glass. Avoid paper containers that will weaken over time.
Observing Boil Water Notices
- Your water utility has a process in place to alert you if problems exist with your tap water. Water suppliers, working with state and local health officials, may issue a “Boil Water Order” or a “Do Not Drink” notice if testing indicates contamination may be present.
- When a Boil Water Order is issued, make sure any water used for drinking is boiled for at least three minutes (five minutes at higher altitudes). If you still have power, refrigerate the water after you have boiled it.
- Monitor local news for status updates.