National Drinking Water Week 2014

Agency: Environmental Quality

Water is Precious: Make Every Drop Count 

May 2, 2014

For More Information: 
Stephen Busch, 517-643-2314,
Brad Wurfel, 517-284-6713,

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act that forms the core of our national efforts to provide quality drinking water and protect the health of our citizens. During May 4-10, 2014, we also celebrate National Drinking Water Week – a national observance that highlights the value of water to each of us in our everyday lives.

In Michigan people are served daily by more than 11,000 public drinking water systems, ranging in size from a drinking fountain at a roadside rest area to a large metropolitan drinking water system. Each Michiganian relies on their water system (whether large or small) to provide a safe and dependable supply of water, both now and in the future.

National Drinking Water Week recognizes the importance of water source protection and conservation, as well as the value, importance, and fragility of our state’s water resources. The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality works with drinking water utilities to make sure that the water delivered to consumers meets all federal and state standards and is clean and abundant. These efforts are vital to Michigan’s economy and to the public health of our citizens.

The tasks facing state drinking water programs and public water systems continue to be extremely challenging – especially in an era of scarce resources. The drinking water infrastructure in many cities is aging and presents daunting resource demands. As a nation, we continue to be challenged by new and emerging drinking water contaminants associated with our industrial society.

Today, Michigan renews its commitment to build on the successes of the past and to continue to work with all of our partners in the water community to fully realize the public health goals of the Safe Drinking Water Act through celebrating National Drinking Water Week.