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Drinking Water Week May 7-13, 2017

The City of Albany will observe National Drinking Water Week May 7-13, 2017, with an interactive expo at Albany City Hall from 4:30-7:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, showing what it takes to get high-quality drinking water to our customers all day, every day.  

Exhibits, demonstrations, games, and giveaways for all ages will be set up on the City Hall Plaza and Broadalbin Street.  They include water treatment; hydro excavation; hydrants; valve operation and exercising; backflow devices and testing; leak detection and repair; water meters; water quality testing; water conservation; water project engineering; and a drinking water taste test. 

Drinking Water Week also coincides with the release of the City’s 2016 Water Quality Report, which provides information about the system that supplies drinking water to residents and businesses of Albany, Millersburg, and the Dumbeck Lane Water District in North Albany.  It describes the source of that drinking water; potential contaminants, and the results of ongoing water quality tests for 88 contaminants that are regulated; boil-water advisories; water conservation; how low-income residents can qualify for discounted water bills; and addresses how Albany reduces customers’ exposure to lead in drinking water.

The report is required annually by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  It is available at  Printed copies are available by calling 541-917-7600.

Additional information about drinking water will be posted throughout Drinking Water Week on the City website,; Twitter; and Facebook.  This year’s theme is “Your Water – To Know It is to Love It.”  

Drinking Water Week was established by a joint congressional resolution and signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to highlight the importance of tap water and the need to reinvest in water infrastructure.  A safe and reliable source of drinking water is essential to a community’s health, economy, and quality of life.  Drinking Water Week is a chance to point out the value of the water supply, treatment, and delivery system to Albany, Millersburg, and Dumbeck Lane customers.