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PUC Recognizes ‘Drinking Water Week’ in Pennsylvania; Offers Water Conservation Tips

PUC Recognizes ‘Drinking Water Week’ in Pennsylvania; Offers Water Conservation Tips

HARRISBURG – The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) today highlighted May 3 through May 9 as “Drinking Water Week” in the Commonwealth as part of an ongoing effort to increase awareness about the importance of water and water conservation.

“Water is far too valuable a resource to be taken for granted – after all, it is the only utility commodity that we physically ingest,” said PUC Vice Chairman David W. Sweet, a member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) Committee on Water.  “Tasked with regulating the rates and service of investor-owned water companies, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority and the water service to extra-territorial customers of municipal systems, the PUC continues to encourage efforts to ensure that Pennsylvania’s water systems remain up-to-date.”

This week, the Commission renewed its commitment to solving the current challenges facing the water industry, with a focus on aging water infrastructure and drinking water contaminants. The Commission pledged to continue to work with its regulated utilities and sister state agencies to fully realize the public health goals of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974 and the Pennsylvania Safe Drinking Water Act of 1984 by celebrating Drinking Water Week.

The Commission offers the following water conservation tips:

  • Check your home plumbing for leaks and fix them promptly to help save water and money.
  • Take a shorter shower using a low-flow showerhead instead of taking a bath, and save water.
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing your teeth or shaving.
  • Use dishwashers and washing machines only with a full load.
  • Install water-efficient appliances in your home.

More conservation tips can be found on the PUC website.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission balances the needs of consumers and utilities; ensures safe and reliable utility service at reasonable rates; protects the public interest; educates consumers to make independent and informed utility choices; furthers economic development; and fosters new technologies and competitive markets in an environmentally sound manner.

Visit the PUC’s website at www.puc.pa.gov for recent news releases and video of select proceedings. You can also follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and YouTube. Search for the “Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission” or “PA PUC” on your favorite social media channel for updates on utility issues and other helpful consumer information.

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