LIVINGSTON, NJ - The American Water Works Association and the water community officially kicked off Drinking Water Week 2014 across North America in early May by asking the question “What do you know about H2O?”

Throughout the week, AWWA, Livingston Township, and partners across the water community celebrated the value of water by learning about the critical role it plays in people’s daily lives and in the quality of life enjoyed. Aligning with this year’s theme, special attention was given to the ways in which all water consumers can get to know their H2O.

“Drinking Water Week is a great opportunity to take time to realize how integral safe drinking water is to our everyday lives,” said AWWA Chief Executive Officer David LaFrance. “Now is the time to understand the roles we play in caring for our precious water supplies and systems to guarantee we have safe drinking water for generations to come.

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To commemorate the occasion, water utilities, environmental advocates and other interested ones celebrated drinking water through school events, public presentations and community festivals. They also provided their communities with vital information on how water consumers can get to know their H2O.

About Drinking Water Week

For more than 35 years, AWWA 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.

Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.

About Livingston’s Award-Winning Water

In Aug., 2013, Kathleen Udasco of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Water Works Association presented the Township of Livingston with an Award for Best Tasting Water in New Jersey.

Prior to winning, Livingston had competed in a contest at the American Water Works Association New Jersey Section’s (AWWA NJ) annual conference in Atlantic City where 150 of the 800 attendees participated in a blind room-temperature tap-water taste test.

Next, Livingston will be competing for the best tasting water on a national level at the AWWA’s annual water convention.

The Township of Livingston is committed to providing its consumers with high-quality drinking water and information about the drinking water that provided. Drinking water health and safety standards are set by the US Environmental Protection Agency and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection. The town regularly tests water samples to ensure that the water meets these standards.

Livingston’s water supply is derived from a blend of production wells within the Township and bulk water supplies purchased from New Jersey American Water (NJAW). The Township owns and operates twelve production wells. Water purchased from NJAW is a blend of sources that includes: groundwater from the Brunswick Shales; the Buried Valley Aquifer and the Gneiss Rock Formation; and surface water from the Canoe Brook Reservoirs, Passaic River, Raritan River and Wanaque Reservoir. The Township also has metered interconnections with the City of East Orange for emergency use.