City of Monroe Water System Celebrates Drinking Water Week

Tuesday, May 7, 2024 - 11:30am
May 7, 2024
(Monroe, LA) - The Monroe Water System joins communities across North America in celebrating Drinking Water Week, an annual observance led by the American Water Works Association. Taking place May 5-11 this year, Drinking Water Week serves to highlight the importance of safe drinking water and recognize the tireless efforts of water professionals who keep it flowing around the clock in our communities.
Monroe Water System is observing Drinking Water Week by having an Open House on Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at the newly constructed Water Treatment Plant located at 2401 N. 10th Street in Monroe. The Open House is open to the public from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. You will have an opportunity to tour the new facility and learn more about how your water is treated and where it comes from.
This year's celebration also coincides with a historic milestone - the 50th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) in the United States, a landmark law designed to safeguard the public by setting high drinking water quality standards. The SDWA provides a scientific framework to identify potential risks to drinking water and address them in partnership with states and water utilities.
"As we observe Drinking Water Week, I would like to take a moment to emphasize the importance of safe, clean water that is crucial to our health, environmental sustainability, and overall quality of life. A clear, refreshing glass of water is not just simply a drink, but a powerful reminder of the significance of clean water supplies and the sophisticated processes, and dedicated professionals that make it readily available to us, every single day. The 50th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act underlines the persistent efforts towards maintaining this essential life-sustaining resource. Here at Monroe Water System, we are committed to continuing our work in ensuring that our community receives clean and safe drinking water, today and every day ahead," said Sean L. Benton, Interim Public Works Director.
"Drinking Water Week is the perfect time to reflect on all that safe drinking water means in our lives," said AWWA CEO David LaFrance. "Safe, reliable drinking water is critical in many ways, including public health, economic prosperity, and our high quality of life. With the Safe Drinking Water Act anniversary, we also celebrate the committed water system workers, the vigilant regulators, the researchers, the public health professionals, the environmental advocates, and everyone with a hand in fulfilling the high standards and spirit of the SDWA."
CONTACT: Sean L. Benton, (318) 329-2386