PUCO offers water quality tips to promote Drinking Water Week May 3–9
COLUMBUS, OHIO (April 23, 2015) – The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) supports the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and water professionals across North America in recognition of Drinking Water Week May 3–9, 2015.
Drinking Water Week works to highlight the essential role drinking water plays in our daily lives and help consumers learn to maintain high-quality water throughout their household plumbing systems.
In Ohio, water quality is regulated by a combination of federal, state and local standards. The PUCO regulates the rates and policies as well as handles various technical, financial and managerial oversights of privately held, investor-owned water utilities doing business in the state.
Homeowners can follow these tips to maintain water quality at home:
- Clean faucets and aerators regularly
- Clean and disinfect sinks and drains regularly
- Keep drains clear and unclogged
- Use cold water for drinking and preparing food
- Replace old plumbing and install certified “lead free” fixtures
- Flush cold water taps after household plumbing work or when the water hasn’t been used for several days
- Drain and flush your hot water heater annually
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the water heater, filters, treatment devices, softeners and any other products attached to the water system
- Do not connect hoses or other devices intended for non-drinking purposes to household drinking water faucets
- Keep hazardous chemicals and unsanitary materials away from drinking water faucets
- Keep grass clippings, oil and other pollutants out of storm sewers and out of the water supply
About Drinking Water Week
For more than 35 years, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week – a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our daily lives. Additional information about Drinking Water Week, including free materials for download, is available on the AWWA website.
The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) is the sole agency charged with regulating public utility service. The role of the PUCO is to assure all residential, business and industrial consumers have access to adequate, safe and reliable utility services at fair prices while facilitating an environment that provides competitive choices. Consumers with utility-related questions or concerns can call the PUCO Call Center at (800) 686-PUCO (7826) and speak with a representative.
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