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Washoe County Department of Water Resources Recognizes Drinking Water Week, May 1 – 7, 2011



The Washoe County Board of Commissioners proclaimed this week, May 1 – 7, 2011 is “National and Local Drinking Water Week” as a means for education and a call to action for residents throughout Washoe County to become involved in local water issues.  Truckee Meadows Water Authority’s Board of Directors also adopted a resolution supporting Drinking Water Week at their April 20 meeting.

The Washoe County Department of Water Resources (DWR) and Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) carefully and conscientiously protect and manage water quality from the source to the tap to produce and deliver high-quality, safe drinking water 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) looks to the Nevada Division of Environmental Protection (NDEP) and the Washoe County Health District to enforce the safe drinking water standards set by the EPA. These entities unanimously agree that TMWA and DWR consistently produce and deliver water that meets all safe drinking water standards, contrary to an erroneous report published by the Environmental Working Group that inaccurately portrays the quality of local drinking water.

Annual reports delivered to all DWR and TMWA customers clearly outline the consistently high quality of local tap water, complying with all drinking water standards. In many cases, drinking water in the Truckee Meadows is significantly better than the standards require.

Many have been celebrating Drinking Water Week for more than 30 years.  This week-long observance was declared a joint congressional resolution and signed by then President Ronald Reagan.

Truckee Meadows Water Authority (TMWA) is a not-for-profit water utility, overseen by elected officials from Reno, Sparks and Washoe County. TMWA employs a highly skilled team who ensure the treatment, delivery and availability of high-quality drinking water around the clock for more than 330,000 residents of the Truckee Meadows.

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