OCWA—Central New York’s Water Authority, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and water professionals across North America are kicking off National Drinking Water Week today with the theme “Your Water – To Know It Is To Love It”.

OCWA will celebrate Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role water plays in all our daily lives. Focus will be placed on ways in which water consumers can take personal responsibility in caring for their tap water and water infrastructure at home and in the community.

To commemorate the week, water utilities, government entities, environmental advocates, schools and other stakeholders will celebrate drinking water through public presentations, staff events and community festivals and provide information on how water consumers can understand and appreciate their water.

OCWA is hosting a press conference at its Farrell Pump Station in Clay today to kick off Drinking Water Week by: 1) discussing the results of OCWA’s 2016 Consumer Confidence Report, 2) revealing OCWA’s 2016 Annual Report and 3) updating the community on the status of the OCWA/Onondaga County Metropolitan Water Board consolidation.

WHAT:           National Drinking Water Week Press Conference

WHO:             OCWA Executive Director Mike Hooker and Onondaga County elected officials (invited)

WHERE:         Farrell Pump Station, Water Board Road (across from Great Northern Mall), Town of Clay

WHEN:           Monday, May 8, 2017 – 1:30 p.m.


OCWA—Central New York’s Water Authority—was established by act of the New York State Legislature in 1951 and currently serves 500,000 residents in Onondaga, Oswego, Madison, Cayuga and Oneida counties.  The Authority is one of the 100 largest water systems in the country, operating two major water treatment facilities, over 2,100 miles of main, 13,100+ fire hydrants, 59 storage facilities and 46 pump stations.