(Bowling Green, KY)- Kentucky Rural Water Association (KRWA) salutes the hardworking men and women who help ensure that tap water is “There When You Need It” during Drinking Water Week held May 2-8. 

Kentucky Rural Water Association and water utilities nationwide will observe Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role tap water plays in daily life, the infrastructure that is required to carry it to and from homes and businesses, and the important work of water professionals “behind the scenes”.

Reliable water service used for hygiene, hydration and cooking is critical to our health and safety throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Health organizations recommend that normal hygienic practices, including handwashing for 20 seconds, play an important role in slowing the spread of germs.

"Drinking Water Week provides an opportunity to recognize our most valuable resource and the team who delivers quality on tap 24/7. We can't minimize the importance of a healthy water supply in our daily lives," said John Dix, KRWA President. “During these difficult times, we continually reflect on the heroic work of all who place themselves in harm’s way to keep us healthy and safe. KRWA encourages everyone to be actively aware of how they personally connect with water.”

Drinking Water Week is a national advocacy event designed to focus on issues associated with drinking water, including making sure that individuals have fresh, safe tap water and knowledge of how valuable the resource is in their daily lives. Tap water plays a critical role in the success of society, from meeting basic public health needs by providing safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, to promoting dental health and supporting industrial, agricultural, medical, and recreational activities.  

"We are proud of our team of water professionals who work around the clock to bring safe, reliable water to residences and businesses." Dix added, "This week gives us the opportunity to recognize their commitment to customers, quality service and public health.”

About Kentucky Rural Water Association 

Kentucky Rural Water member utilities guarantee an enhanced quality of life for nearly ninety-five percent (95%) of the public drinking water and wastewater customers across the Commonwealth of Kentucky, making KRWA the largest utility organization of the state. KRWA was established in 1979 as a private, non-profit organization by a core group of utility leaders who shared the vision of building a self-governed, member driven association. Their original goal – to foster professionalism in our industry through non-regulatory training, technical assistance programs, and advocacy – continues to this day. For more information, visit