Help ensure clean, safe drinking water

What would it be like to face the current global pandemic without clean, safe water? Regular handwashing is one of the most important ways to limit the spread of coronavirus and other diseases. During this emergency, water systems throughout Washington have kept clean, safe water flowing in homes, hospitals, and essential businesses. Without it, it would be so much harder to stay safe and limit the spread. It’s a good reminder of how our water systems help protect public health.

Notice the many ways water systems support our lives and communities. What would your day be like if you couldn’t turn on the tap and get clean drinking water for cooking, washing, and showering? What would your community look like without the water needed to…

  • Cook food in restaurants?
  • Clean stores, hospitals, and schools?
  • Fight fires?
  • Grow nourishing food on farms and ranches? or
  • Support the many industries and manufacturers that depend on it?
sprinkler system and irrigation system

Many of us are lucky enough to be able to take our water service for granted every day. We rarely need to think about the pipes, pumps, and treatment needed to make sure uncontaminated water comes out when we turn on the tap. But the truth is, those water systems are aging; some were installed a century ago. Meanwhile, new threats from wildfires, flooding, toxic algae, and drought threaten these systems.

The state’s Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) helps public water systems — big and small — keep up with repairs and improve treatment and infrastructure. It provides low- to no-interest loans to these systems for construction, emergency funds, and training so that they know when to upgrade or replace things. You can read about successful projects on our DWSRF Profiles page.

We also invite you to visit the Imagine a Day Without Water site today to learn more about your local water system and what you can do to support it. Investing in water is investing in our future, so no one will ever have to experience a day without water.

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Washington State Department of Health

Washington State Department of Health

Protecting and improving the health of people in Washington State.