National Drinking Water Week: May 7-13

May 7, 2017 8:00 am

Cogent Companies joins water professionals across North America to kick off Drinking Water Week with the purpose of recognizing the vital role water plays in our daily lives.

This week provides an opportunity to encourage consumers to identify and replace lead-based water pipes and plumbing. Water leaving treatment plants is almost always lead-free. However, lead is sometimes present in pipes connected to older homes. A licensed plumber can help to identify lead, or water quality can be confirmed by having it tested by a certified laboratory.

This week is also a reminder to check and fix leaks inside and outside the home. To test for leaks inside, shut off everything connected to water and inspect the home’s flow indicator on the water meter. If the indicator continues to move, there’s a leak somewhere in the home. To check for a leaky toilet, place a few drops of food coloring in the holding tank and wait five minutes without flushing. There’s a leak if coloring appears in the bowl. Check all faucets and under the sinks for dripping. To check for leaks outside, inspect the lawn for wet spots around spickets which would indicate a leak in the irrigation system.

Another way to care for your household pipes is avoiding potential clogs including “flushable” wipes, fats, oils and grease. These items should be thrown in the trash.

Although the United States has one of the safest drinking water supplies in the world, new challenges require us to continue to protect our water supply. Join us in spreading the word and increasing awareness.