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Massachusetts Water Resources Authority


May 2, 2022


Ria Convery, (617) 788-1105

MWRA Celebrates Drinking Water Week

In celebration of Drinking Water Week taking place from May 1-7, 2022, MWRA joins the American Water Works Association and water professionals across North America by highlighting the showcasing the different ways tap water is "There When You Need It." By observing Drinking Water Week, we recognize the vital role drinking 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 to ensure the delivery of quality tap water.

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 services and water infrastructure, especially in times of crisis.“Tap water plays an integral role in meeting our daily health, hygiene and hydration needs,” said American Water Works Association CEO David LaFrance. “Water sector 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.’”

Our water professionals work around the clock all year to ensure that we stay true to our mission statement. Whether it’s an engineer designing a capital project, an operator ensuring the safety and quality of drinking water or a member of a pipe crew maintaining the infrastructure in our community, staff work around the clock to ensure tap water is there when you need it. Structually, we work every day to maintain the delivery of "fresh at the source" water from the Quabbin. The creation of and preparation for the preliminary design and environmental review stage of the Metropolitan Water Tunnel Program ensures this infrastructure redundancy. With the recent passage of the U.S. Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, renewing and upgrading water infrastructure is a priority, demonstrating the vital role it plays in protecting public health.

AWWA has put together a resource page with free downloadable materials (available in both English and Spanish) such as children's activity sheets, an artwork contest, radio PSA's and more, that can be found here.

MWRA communuties are fortunate to have access to safe, reliable water and finding information about local water is simple. As required by the Safe Drinking Water Act, water utilities must provide customers with an annual water quality report, also called a Consumer Confidence Report. A CCR identifies the quality of local drinking water and if any contaminants are detected and if so, which ones. Also available in the report is information on each community’s local source for drinking water.

MWRA sends CCRs to all households and businesses in its service area every year. Look for the latest report, with 2021 data coming this June. MWRA tests drinking water every step of the way and the results are posted online.

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More information about local water sources is available on

About Drinking Water Week

For several decades, 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. Free materials for download and additional information about Drinking Water Week are available on the Drinking Water Week webpage.

About AWWA

Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.


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Updated May 2, 2022