Monday, May 3, 2021

May Every Day | Drinking Water Week

May Every Day is a series of daily blog posts for May 2021 sharing days and weeks that we celebrate or observe. Some of these days are well-known holidays while others are more obscure observances, some are celebrated internationally while others are more nationally focused, some are significant while others are just plain FUN!

Drinking Water Week aims to recognize the critical role drinking water plays in our everyday lives. It is sponsored by the American Water Works Association, an international, nonprofit, scientific and educational society dedicated to providing total water solutions assuring the effective management of water.

In 1988, the week-long observance of Drinking Water Week was declared in a joint congressional resolution signed by then President Ronald Reagan. It is celebrated the first full week of May each year. This year's theme is "There When You Need It" highlighting the work water professionals do to ensure safe drinking water is always available when we need it.

Honestly, I wasn't aware of this observance until I started researching May holidays and observances for this blog series. In fact, having drinking water available right out of the tap anytime is something I take for granted because I've never known otherwise. Unfortunately, that is not the case everywhere in our world.

I am aware, however, of how vital water is to our everyday lives and health, and I'm constantly striving to be diligent about drinking enough. Water plays such an important role in our overall health, from keeping our vital organs and body systems functioning properly to boosting energy levels and improving cognitive function. A recent article in Breathe magazine put it this way.

I've enjoyed learning more about this observance and am thankful that there is an organization dedicated to providing drinkable water around the world. Were you aware of Drinking Water Week? What can you do to celebrate this observance this week?


  1. I'm reading Kristen Hannah's newest book--The Four Winds. Water plays a vital importance as she tells the story of a family during the dust bowl (in Texas). It's such a good book--almost like you are choking on the dust yourself!! I read another book years ago which was not fiction called The Worst Hard Time. It was a little "dry" in areas, but so worth the read. I'm trying to drink 64 oz. of water daily myself!

    1. I hadn’t heard about Kristin Hannah’s new book, but I just placed a request for it at our library. 😊 Thanks!

  2. I've never heard of Drinking Water Week. I do make an effort to minimise our water usage where possible - and impress upon The Boy just how many millions around the world to do have access to clean, safe water running from a tap.

  3. I didn't know about water week, so thank-you. I've increased the amount of water I've drunk over the last six months, preferring it to tea/coffee, and feel better for it. It is a resource we are so lucky to have, and you're right, we need to be mindful of how this is not the case in many places and work hard to make sure everyone hs access to clean water. I like your series idea!

  4. After reading several memoirs that take place in Africa, I've been aware of how fortunate we are to have access to clean and abundant water. Of course, not everyone in the U.S. has clean water, and it's an issue that needs to be kept at the forefront of the news. I try very hard to drink a lot of water each day---some days I'm more successful than others.


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