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Celebrate Drinking Water Week!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Heather Beard
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Celebrating Drinking Water Week is an easy way to educate the public, connect with the community, and promote employee morale. Too often, water utilities receive publicity only when something bad happens - a water main breaks in the middle of rush hour or you have to raise your rates, again. Drinking Water Week celebrations give you an opportunity for some positive communication. AWWA has compiled a toolkit for utilities to use to reach out to your employees, your customers, and your community. Visit http://www.awwa.org/resources-tools/public-affairs/public-affairs-events/drinking-water-week.aspx to download drinking water week toolkit materials. 

 

Drinking Water Week is a perfect time to educate children about their water supply in an atmosphere of fun.

 

Don't forget your employees! Drinking Water Week can help reaffirm to your employees the importance of what it is they do - provide clean, safe drinking water for the public.

 

Public Communication
Whether you send out press releases, take out ads in your local newspaper, or use any of the other ideas provided, communicating the public during drinking water week is integral to any successful celebration.

  • Advertise in your local newspaper.
  • Send Bill Stuffers.
  • Work with your librarian to set up a Library Display.
  • Use Mall Kiosks to reach a broad audience.
  • Coordinate distribution of AWWA News Releases.
  • Publicize the release of your Consumer Confidence Report.
  • Send public service announcements to your local radio or television stations.
Community Events
It’s important for you to be a part of your local community. Community events are fun and festive ways to make sure that your customers know about their drinking water - where it comes from, how they get it, and what they can do to help ensure their drinking water quality.
  • Invite your community to an Open House
  • Inaugurate an Adopt-a-Hydrant Program
  • Plant a Tree
  • Plant Tours
  • Hold a Landmark Dedication/Anniversary Celebration
  • Bury a Time Capsule
  • Partner with your local botanic gardens or other groups

  • Plan a community clean-up

Youth Focus

  • Feature a children's Coloring Contest or Essay Contest

  • Hold a Poster Contest

  • A great community outreach method: School Presentations

Internal Communications and Events

  • Hold your Annual Employee Picnic during Drinking Water Week       

  • Create a utility Newsletter Feature on Drinking Water Week


 
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