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DENVER -- Water utilities across the country are looking at holding up their "blue thumbs" throughout the year and not just during National Drinking Water Week. "Exercise Your Blue Thumb" is the theme of a national campaign to boost relations between water suppliers and their communities that kicks off with Drinking Water Week on May 5-11.
The American Water Works Association (AWWA), which sponsors the annual Blue Thumb Project, has distributed educational materials, including several booklets, that can be reproduced by utilities for use in their local campaigns. For the first time, the materials include information on the Water Quality Fitness Forum, which encourages water suppliers to report quality statistics to their customers and the news media to build consumer confidence in drinking water quality. The National Geographic Society has donated maps for the campaign, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is offering six publications on water subjects.
Information on the Blue Thumb Project and National Drinking Water Week is available from AWWA at (303) 794-7711, ext. 4114, or fax (303) 794-7310.
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