Contact(s): Adam DeWeese, 608-264-9229
April 30, 2019
MADISON, Wis.-In the spirit of the Year of Clean Water, an initiative launched by Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers for 2019, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources will join with other water resource organizations nationwide May 5-11 to celebrate Drinking Water Week.
Established in 1988, Drinking Water Week recognizes the vital role drinking water plays in everyone's daily lives. This year the focus is on ways in which water consumers can take personal responsibility in caring for their tap water and protecting it at its source.
"Few people recognize that drinkable water is a finite and vulnerable resource," said Kyle Burton, field operations director for the DNR Bureau of Drinking Water and Groundwater. "Less than 1% of all the water on earth is available for human consumption, and significant amounts of that is highly susceptible to contamination by activities on the landscape, so it's important to do what we can to protect our drinking water sources in the present so that we have safe and plentiful supplies for future generations. When we, as consumers and community stewards, learn about and gain an appreciation for our drinking water sources, it becomes easy to understand the importance of protecting them."
Wisconsin residents rely on both groundwater and surface water for their source of drinking water. Most of the drinking water used by Wisconsinites comes from surface water sources. Several large metropolitan areas around the state use the Great Lakes and Lake Winnebago as their source water. Groundwater is used by most small municipalities and by millions of people living in rural Wisconsin. Below are several helpful steps people can all take to help protect and preserve precious drinking water sources:
To commemorate the week, water utilities, water organizations, government entities, environmental advocates, schools and other stakeholders will celebrate the importance of drinking water through presentations, events and festivals to provide information on how consumers can understand and appreciate their water. For more information about how to protect surface and ground water, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov, for "drinking water."