In celebration of Connecticut Drinking Water Week, the Department of Public Health Drinking Water Section is recognizing Connecticut water operators for their contributions to the health and safety of the state’s drinking water.
Raymond E. Baral, Assistant Manager of Water Treatment for The Metropolitan District Commission received the 2015 Educational Public Health Drinking Water Merit Award. DPH is also recognizing Christopher Kushwara, Senior Chief Operator for the Aquarion Water company with the 2015 Operator Public Health Drinking Water Merit Award, and the Town of Sharon Water and Sewer Authority with the 2015 Small Community Public Health Drinking Water Merit Award.
In recognition of National Drinking Water Week, Governor Dannel P. Malloy has proclaimed May 3 through 9 Connecticut Drinking Water Week, encouraging residents to recognize drinking water as a precious public health resource and to help protect our source waters from pollution, to practice water conservation, and to become involved in regional and local drinking water issues.
The DPH Drinking Water Section is responsible for the administration of state and federal drinking water regulations and is dedicated to assuring the quality and adequacy of the state’s public drinking water sources. DPH provides technical assistance, education and regulatory enforcement to over 2,500 public drinking water systems, which provide drinking water to approximately 2.9 million Connecticut residents and visitors on a daily basis.
Approximately 75 percent of Connecticut’s residents are served by public drinking water systems. The remainder of the population is supplied by private wells. For more information about public water systems and drinking water, please visit www.ct.gov/dph/publicdrinkingwater.