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For Immediate Release
Contact:  Matt Schilling
(614) 466 7750

What do you know about H2O? PUCO recognizing Drinking Water Week May 4—10

COLUMBUS, OHIO (April 24, 2014) – 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 4–10, 2014.

Drinking Water Week works to highlight the essential role drinking water plays in our daily lives and help consumers learn about water.

In Ohio, water is regulated by a combination of federal, state and local entities.  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.  

Did you know the following statistics about household drinking water?

  1. We drink less than 1 percent of our drinking water.  Forty-three percent of daily water consumption in many homes is used just to flush toilets.  High efficiency toilets use half the water and save your money.
  2. A leak of one drop per second can waste up to 2400 gallons of water a year.  Fix leaks and reduce your water bill.
  3. By turning off the water when you brush your teeth, you can save up to 5 gallons of water a day.
  4. North America’s water systems are critical to maintaining public health, economic vitality, fire protection and quality of life.
  5. 40 percent of water is used in agriculture to grow foods to eat and beverages to drink
  • 32 gallons of water is needed to make one glass of wine
  • 19 gallons of water yields one apple
  • 1,230 gallons of water is necessary for the production of one beef steak
  1. 46 percent of water is consumed in manufacturing products to buy
  • 700 gallons of water is needed to manufacture one t-shirt
  • 2,100 gallons of water produces just one pair of leather shoes
  • 40,000 gallons of water is needed to manufacture a single car

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 Drinking Water Week web page.


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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