Water system observes national celebration

Water system observes national celebration The Clay Rural Water System joined thousands of other water systems across the United States in observing National Drinking Water Week May 4-10.

For more than 30 years, local water providers and their communities have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a time to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives.

"A safe, pure, and uninterrupted flow of drinking water remains a commitment of the drinking water profession," said Jack Hoffbuhr, executive director of the American Water Works Association. "We celebrate Drinking Water Week knowing that North America's water ranks among the cleanest and safest supplies in the world."

The Clay Rural Water System provides water service to 1,600 locations in southeast South Dakota including the towns of Wakonda and Gayville. The system annually treats and delivers over 160 million gallons of water to its members. Clay Rural Water is one of 26 regional water systems in South Dakota. The water system was incorporated in 1975.

Safe, quality drinking water continues to become more important in the everyday lives of Americans. Some interesting facts about water:

* Americans use 341 billion gallons of fresh water per day.

* There are more than 53,000 community water systems in the United States, serving almost 258 million people.

* A person can live for a month without food, but only about a week without water.

* The U.S. uses 100 billion gallons of water per day for crop irrigation.

* There is the same amount of water on Earth now as when the earth was formed.

Clay Rural Water recently delivered its Annual Drinking Water Quality Report to its members. The report details the water systems compliance with all State and Federal drinking water regulations.

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