On behalf of the City Council and the Citizens of Des Moines, Mayor T. M. Franklin Cownie proclaimed May 1-7 as National Drinking Water Week at the April 25 City Council meeting. The proclamation states that not only is water our most valuable natural resource, but only tap water delivers public health protection, fire protection, support for our economy and the quality of life we enjoy.
“A safe, reliable water supply is essential to the success of any community. Any measure of a successful society – low mortality rates, economic growth and diversity, productivity, and public safety – are in some way related to access to safe, reliable quality drinking water,” said Randy Beavers, CEO and General Manager, Des Moines Water Works.
The proclamation also calls upon all citizens to acquaint themselves with the issues involved in providing safe, clean and reliable drinking water to our public and recognize the contributions Des Moines Water Works utility professionals make every day to the health, safety, comfort and quality of life for citizens.
“The importance of water is too often taken for granted. Water is essential for life and is needed by everyone,” said Beavers. “It’s the first ingredient in nearly every product we use, a vital element of our daily lives and it’s the original source for refreshment and hydration.”