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HEALTH Celebrates National Drinking Water Week May 4-10; Launches "Know Your H2O" Campaign

During National Drinking Water Week (May 4-10), the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) wants all Rhode Islanders to learn about the value of tap water.

"Drinking Water Week is an opportunity for all of us to remember how healthy drinking tap water really is," said Director of Health Michael Fine, MD. "Drinking tap water keeps you hydrated and –even better—it keeps you from drinking sugary drinks. And it's best out of a cup or a glass!"

Rhode Island public water systems provide drinking water to approximately 1,091,537 people. Residents and visitors can drink from virtually any tap in the state with a high assurance of safety. The average medium-sized town is tested hundreds of times each year to ensure the water is safe to drink; a summary of those results is included in each community's annual water quality report.

In conjunction with National Drinking Water Week, HEALTH has launched a "Know Your H2O" campaign and website (www.health.ri.gov/knowyourh2o), dedicated to information about the benefits of water. The site provides information about how to protect our water sources, how to conserve water, how water suppliers can prepare for climate change, and how to understand a consumer water quality report.

Public drinking water is regulated under the U.S. EPA Safe Drinking Water Act. In Rhode Island, this is accomplished by HEALTH's Office of Drinking Water Quality. Certified professionals work hard to ensure the water delivered to the public is safe.

What Rhode Islanders can do:

Join the more than 300 employees from HEALTH, DOT, DOA, and DEM who pledged to: • Increase consumption of tap water whenever reaching for refreshment; • Carry a reusable water bottle; • Protect the environment around lakes, ponds, reservoirs, streams, and aquifers that contribute to drinking water sources; • Test private wells regularly; • Spread the word by urging friends and family, favorite restaurants, and communities to support their local water supplier. • Visit www.health.ri.gov/knowyourh2o to learn more about our water.

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Department or agency: Department of Health

Online: http://www.health.ri.gov

Release date: 05-05-2014

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