Drinking Water Week highlights the importance of tap water and the need to reinvest in the United States’ water infrastructure.

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) along with an alliance of organizations, including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sponsor Drinking Water Week. This week of awareness is shedding lights on challenges such as the aging pipes that bring water to American homes. Some pipes are up to 100 years old!

Protect The Source is the 2018 theme for Drinking Water Week. AWWA is asking Americans to consider where their drinking water comes from. The organization is encouraging people to get to know their local water source to protect and preserve it. The goal of spreading this awareness it to ensure a sustainable drinking water supply for the future.

The AWWA and Drinking Water Week are asking essential questions. Flint, Michigan is still struggling with water laced with dangerously high levels of lead and other toxins. Flin is not alone. In April 2018, CNN reported that 70% of homes across Chicago had toxic lead in their tap water! Lead exposure can affect every system in the body.

Marc Edwards, an environmental engineer and professor at Virginia Teach shared the following with CNN, “We’ve done testing in New Orleans and frankly all around the country, and honestly the Chicago results look pretty typical for a city with modern corrosion control and lead service lines.”

Upgrading pipes and water systems will take a massive amount of financial resources and time. Aldelano Solar Cold Chain Solutions can change poor drinking water for communities now. While systems are being upgraded, the Aldelano Solar WaterMaker can provide people with safe, clean water generated from moisture in the air. It comes as a freestanding generator or as an attachment to any Aldelano solar cooler. This freshwater generator uses the atmosphere’s moisture and heat to produce clean drinking water. The solar panels not only power the Aldelano WaterMakerTM during the day but also charge the battery. The battery lasts up to 15 hours before needing a recharge. Different models can create over 1,000 gallons of clean water per day and up to 2,300 lbs. of ice.

Non-profits and local governments have the opportunity to supply shelters and those in need with clean drinking water without producing plastic waste by purchasing water bottles.