Each year, during the first week of May, organizations involved in treating and supplying our nation’s drinking water celebrate Drinking Water Week. This year’s celebration runs from May 3rd through May 9th. NSF International, a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Water and Food Safety and Indoor Environment, is offering free educational information to help consumers understand their role in protecting the nation’s water supply, according to a recent press release.

The NSF Consumer Affairs Office has developed a Water Fact Kit designed to help educate consumers on water quality and water conservation issues. Some of the materials in the fact kit include:
  • Video: Learn More About Choosing a Drinking Water Treatment Unit
  • Three Steps to Selecting a Home Water Treatment System
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Home Water Treatment Devices
  • The Six Standards for Home Water Treatment Devices
  • Lead and Home Water Treatment Devices
  • Eight Ways to Protect Well Water Supplies
  • Water Conservation Tips ... Every Drop Matters
  • Water Testing Tips For Private Wells
  • Understanding Bottled Water
  • Ten Ways to Make Your Pool and Spa Safer
NSF’s Drinking Water Week Web page also contains a variety of educational activities, including a water usage experiment to help kids understand how much water a leaky faucet wastes, a water activity book and educational articles on drinking water contaminants and treatment options. Additional information can be found on NSF’s Web site.

For more than 40 years, NSF has been helping to protect the quality of drinking water by testing and certifying products that come in contact with drinking water — from the time when water is withdrawn from the source or well until it arrives at the faucet. NSF works with government, industry and product users to verify that the water treatment products that receive NSF Certification continue to meet rigorous standards.

“NSF International congratulates and fully supports the American Water Works Association and the Environmental Protection Agency in their efforts to encourage utilities, communities, and everyone throughout the nation to recognize the important role water plays in our daily lives,” said Bob Ferguson, NSF vice president water systems. “We too are committed to providing the industry with essential testing and certification solutions, while educating consumers on safer drinking water options and providing helpful information on how to protect their families.”