Upgraded water infrastructure plays critical role in daily

life during Drinking Water Week, every week

Syracuse, NY – May 2, 2022: This week’s Drinking Water Week offers consumers a chance to learn about the critical infrastructure that transports water from collection to treatment to consumption to ensure drinking water is “There When You Need It.” Drinking Water Week is May 1-7 this year.

OCWA – Central New York’s Water Authority and partners throughout North America are celebrating Drinking Water Week to recognize the vital role tap water plays in daily life, the infrastructure that is necessary to transport it from source to tap, and the important and often overlooked work of water professionals.

This year alone OCWA is reinvesting over $35 million into our infrastructure. Whether it’s water main replacement, replacing and repairing water tanks, or repairs to the Ontario water treatment plant, OCWA is committed to ensuring that you are receiving the highest quality water in the safest and most efficient ways.

To commemorate the week, water utilities, water organizations, government entities, environmental advocates, schools and others throughout North America and beyond are encouraging consumers to learn more about the importance of water services and water infrastructure, especially in times of crisis.

About Drinking Water Week

For several decades, 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. Free materials for download and additional information about Drinking Water Week are available on the Drinking Water Week webpage


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 125 largest public water systems in the country, operating two major water treatment facilities, over 2,150 miles of main, 13,100+ fire hydrants, 59 storage facilities and 46 pump stations.