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BWL Celebrates Drinking Water Week

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5/12/2017 2:05:00 PM

The Lansing Board of Water & Light, along with the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and water professionals across North America, are celebrating Drinking Water Week from May 7-13. The purpose of Drinking Water Week is to recognize the importance of water in our daily lives.

"The BWL takes pride in the water we provide our customers, and we’re proud to be celebrating nationally with the AWWA," said BWL General Manager Dick Peffley. "We want our customers to know we’re constantly monitoring and testing our water, and that what comes out of their taps meets or exceeds state and federal water quality standards."

BWL’s water system includes:

  • The BWL has 862 miles of water main.
  • The BWL delivers on average 19 million gallons of drinking water to nearly 56,000 homes and businesses in greater Lansing every day.
  • Each year we inspect around 6,700 fire hydrants in our service area to ensure local fire departments have a reliable supply of water.

The public is invited to tour the BWL’s John Dye Water Conditioning Plant as part of "Be a Tourist in Your Own Town" on Saturday, June 3. Public tours will be available from 10am-4pm.

In December 2016, the BWL replaced its last active lead service line, joining Madison, Wisconsin as the only two water utilities in the nation that have removed all lead service lines. The project began in 2004 and removed 12,150 active lead service lines at a cost of $44.5 million.

To learn more about BWL's water and water distribution system, visit our website www.lbwl.com/water.

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 in recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives. Additional information about Drinking Water Week, including free materials for download and celebration ideas, is available on the Drinking Water Week webpage.