Communications Office

Open House Planned to Highlight Drinking Water Week

The City of Norfolk and partners throughout North America kick off Drinking Water Week by highlighting the different ways consumers’ tap water is “There When You Need It.” Drinking Water Week runs from May 2nd through May 8th this year.

For several decades, American Water Works Association (AWWA) and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives.

“Tap water continues to serve an integral role in meeting our daily hygiene needs during the coronavirus pandemic,” said AWWA CEO David LaFrance. “Water professionals, the infrastructure they work to design, create and maintain, and the treatment process all work in harmony to ensure safe tap water is ‘There When You Need It.’”

To commemorate the week, water utilities, water organizations, government entities, environmental advocates, schools, and others throughout North America and beyond are encouraging consumers to learn more about the importance of water and water infrastructure, especially in times of crisis.

“The City of Norfolk Water Division's goal is to make sure that there is an adequate supply of safe water to meet citizen and economic day-to-day needs,” said Dennis Watts, Water & Sewer Director for the City of Norfolk. “Even though we have an adequate supply of water we still encourage people to always use water wisely.”

The City is observing Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role tap water plays in daily life, the infrastructure that is required to carry it to and from homes and businesses, and the critical work that water professionals accomplish around the clock. The public is invited to tour the West Water Treatment Plant at 300 S. 49th Street on May 4, 2021 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. For additional information contact the Water Division at 844-2210.