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Iowa American Water commemorates 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act this Earth Day
Company provides wise water use tips to consumers and participates in annual QC Earth Week Coalition Events
DAVENPORT, IA -- (April 20, 2012) -- Clean water is essential to a healthy planet. For the past 40 years, the safety of the nation's water supply has been protected by the Clean Water Act, a landmark, 1972 expansion of environmental laws originally established in 1948 under the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. In honor of this year's upcoming Earth Day celebrations, marked on April 22, as well as the 40th anniversary of the groundbreaking Clean Water Act legislation, Iowa American Water is reminding consumers that all Americans have an important role to play in preserving the safety and sustainability of the nation's water supply.
"As stewards of the nation's water supply, Iowa American Water and other American Water subsidiaries across the country strive constantly to protect the environment and promote wise use of our most precious resource," said Randy Moore, Iowa American Water President. "Earth Day is the ideal time to convey the message that protecting our water supplies is a shared responsibility, and that water should be valued and not taken for granted. We encourage everyone to consider the impact their own actions have on water sources and supply, and to do their part to protect them."
With that in mind, the company offers the following five tips to make every day Earth Day concerning water:
Be conscious of your daily water use and take the necessary steps inside and outside your home to be water smart and help preserve this precious natural resource. Simple actions like turning off the tap while brushing your teeth or washing dishes, only running full loads in the clothes and dish washer, and using a broom instead of a hose to clean up outside walkways, can make a big difference. Also consider replacing old fixtures with water efficient ones, such as those with the EPA WaterSense label.
Drink water wisely — keep a reusable bottle of tap water near your desk, during workouts, or close to hand at home for frequent water breaks. Avoid purchasing bottled water; in addition to being more expensive and less stringently regulated as tap, it is less environmentally friendly. As many as 85 percent of plastic water bottles — an average of 38 million bottles a year — are sent to landfills rather than recycled, despite being made of recyclable materials, according to the Container Recycling Institute.
Regularly check for leaking toilets, pipes and faucets — indoors and outdoors — and repair them promptly. Iowa American Water offers leak detection kits, which can be downloaded from the Learning Center of the company's Web site, www.amwater.com.
Take care in the use and disposal of garden, lawn, garage or other home products and ensure that they do not find their way into groundwater.
Dispose of unused or expired medicines properly. Do not pour them directly into home drains, the sewer, street drains or the lawn, and do not flush them down the toilet.
The Clean Water Act created the framework for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the discharge of pollutants into U.S. waters as well as quality standards for surface water. The EPA is marking this milestone anniversary with "Water Is Worth It," a collaborative, year-long, national dialogue on the importance of clean water.
In observance of Earth Day, Iowa American Water is also a sponsor of the 9th annual QC Earth Week Coalition's Environmental Fair being held April 20-21, 2012 at the QCCA Expo Center in Rock Island, Illinois. Customers are invited to visit the company's booth to learn more about how the company transforms the Mississippi River water into the high quality drinking water that flows from their taps.
Iowa American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water services to approximately 200,000 people. Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company employs approximately 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in more than 30 states and parts of Canada. More information can be found by visiting www.amwater.com.
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