Drinking Water Week 2018 is May 6 to May 12. It is a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in our daily lives.
To commemorate this week, Hamilton Water will open both the Filtration Building and the Environmental Lab to the public. These facilities are both located on Woodward Avenue in Hamilton where staff members will be leading tours on May 5 & 6th. The city of Hamilton will also hold its annual “Rain Barrel Sale” at Mohawk College on May 12, 2018.
While most of the earth is covered with water, only 1% of this water is drinkable. Many varied and expensive treatments may have to be involved to make much of this available water safe to drink. As fresh water stores are reduced, desalination of ocean water is being introduced in many parts of the world as an alternative source of drinking water and to supplement the source water available.
Water quality and water quantity are closely linked. We can help protect our water quality by ensuring there is sufficient quantity of water to dilute any contaminants. Water conservation is an important spoke in the protection of our water sources wheel.
Changing weather patterns appear to be expanding the areas affected by drought causing previously unknown water shortages. In other areas an increase in storm surges and violent weather events are causing widespread flooding and contamination of existing water supplies. Currently, half the world’s population is subject to water restrictions at some point during the year with these numbers only projected to rise.
This Drinking Water Week we encourage everyone to take a more active role in the protection and conservation of our fresh water resources.