Overall quality of life is largely dependent on an adequate and consistent supply of safe water. The need for water is something all people share, yet the majority of American’s take their water service for granted. Its treatment and delivery is rarely top of mind in households, businesses and city halls. Yet throughout the world there are 783 million people who do not have access to clean water and the link between water quality and public health is indisputable.
Water is also a critical component of ensuring public safety. Did you know that even though fire hydrants are operated by members of the fire department, generally it is a water utility’s responsibility to maintain them and ensure they are in working order? Fire protection is an often overlooked, yet critical public service often provided by water utilities.