BALTIMORE, MD (May 7, 2013) - Maryland Department of the Environment Secretary Robert M. Summers is encouraging Marylanders to help protect the precious water resources that provide safe and adequate drinking water. Drinking water is vital to our public health and to the economy in Maryland. Maryland is building on its successes in fulfilling the public health goals of the Safe Drinking Water Act and, to mark Drinking Water Week, is renewing its commitment to provide safe and adequate drinking water for all Marylanders. This national observance, established by the American Water Works Association (AWWA), highlights the value and role of water in our daily lives. Governor Martin O'Malley has proclaimed May 5-11, 2013, Drinking Water Week in Maryland.
During Maryland Drinking Water Week, we recognize the importance of protecting and preserving our precious water resources, and acknowledge the value and fragility of one of our most important natural resources. The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) is responsible for ensuring that public drinking water systems provide safe and adequate water to all existing and future users in Maryland, and that appropriate usage, planning and conservation policies are implemented for Maryland's water resources. This commitment is accomplished through proper planning for water withdrawal, protection of water sources that are used for public water supplies, oversight and enforcement of routine water quality monitoring at public water systems, regular onsite inspections of water systems and prompt response to water supply emergencies. MDE’s activities help to ensure safe drinking water for more than 5.4 million Marylanders.
For more than 30 years, the American Water Works Association and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. Join AWWA in celebrating drinking water this week.
"Water is our most valuable natural resource. MDE is committed to protecting and providing all Marylanders with a safe and clean drinking water supply. I encourage all citizens to assist MDE in our mission by protecting our waterways from pollution and practicing water conservation, so that future generations are able to enjoy the same high-quality drinking water."
-- Robert M. Summers, Secretary, Maryland Department of the Environment
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