City Kicks Off “Drinking Water Week”

DrinkingWater2During a regular meeting of City Council on the evening of May 6th, City Council proclaimed May 3-9, 2020 as Drinking Water Week.

The City of Grand Junction and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) will observe 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 important work of water professionals “behind the scenes”.

“In 1911, the City of Grand Junction secured a pristine mountain water source. The Kannah Creek watershed covers 200 square miles on the top and west side of the Grand Mesa and, since we are the first users of this water, susceptibility to man-made contaminants is minimal,” said Grand Junction Utilities Director Randi Rim. “City water professionals maintain two 20-mile flow lines that convey water to the City’s water treatment plant and then distribute clean water to our customers’ taps for drinking water and hygienic needs.”

“Even during the coronavirus pandemic, City employees continue to work around the clock to flush and maintain pipelines, operate the treatment plant, and conduct water quality testing to ensure the health and safety of our community.”

To commemorate the week, water utilities, water organizations, government entities, environmental advocates, schools and other stakeholders throughout North America and beyond will encourage consumers to understand and appreciate their drinking water.

About Drinking Water Week – For more than 40 years, 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 are available on the Drinking Water Week webpage.

Contact: Greg LeBlanc, Sr. Assistant to the City Manager 970-244-1557 or

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