Monday, May 6, 2013

It's Drinking Water Week!

The American Water Works Association and the City of Richmond Department of Public Utilities kicked off Drinking Water Week 2013 today by asking, "What do you know about H2O?"

Throughout the week, DPU celebrated water by recognizing the essential role drinking water plays in our daily lives.

Richmond customers can find out more about their water resources and the process that delivers water to home and businesses in our community here. Learn about our water quality and ways you can protect local water sources from pollution.

After water enters a home, conditions in the home plumbing system can affect the water's quality. Here are some tips for maintaining water quality at home:

Clean faucets and aerators regularly.
Clean and disinfect sinks and drains regularly.
Keep drains clear and unclogged.
Use cold tap water for drinking and preparing food.
Replace old plumbing and installed certified lead free fixtures.
Flush cold water taps after household plumbing work or when the water hasn't been used for several days by letting it run for a few minutes.
Drain and flush your hot water heater annually.
Do not connect hoses or other devices intended for non-drinking purposes to household drinking water faucets. Don't let the kids drink from the hose.
Keep hazardous chemicals and unsanitary materials away from drinking water faucets.

Additional information about maintaining water quality at home is available at

The Department of Public Utilities launched Drinking Water Week with a display and giveaways  outside the Department of Social Services at Marshall Plaza and at Southside Community Center, May 6.

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