AUGUSTA – As many health systems observe National Drinking Water Week (May 3-9), the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention is pleased to announce that Maine’s Public Drinking Water is healthier than ever.
Recently released data (attached) shows a 48 percent decrease in “non-health based” violations, like failure to have the water tested when required, and a 50 percent decrease in “health based” violations, like elevated levels of arsenic or bacteria, over the last 10 years. The number of public water systems receiving at least one violation has also dropped 46 percent over the same time period.
The improvements to public health protection are attributed to the efforts of water system owners and operators, technical assistance providers, educators, consultants and regulatory personnel working together to ensure safe drinking water.
“The safe and reliable delivery of drinking water is an essential component of public health protection,” said Ken Albert Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Maine CDC. “The work of the men and women who own, operate and manage our public water systems extends lives, protects our communities and make life more enjoyable.”
National Drinking Water Week recognizes the importance of water source protection and conservation, as well as the value and importance of Maine’s water resources. The Department of Health and Human Servicesworks with drinking water systems to assure that consumers receive clean and reliable water that meets all federal and state standards.