Drinking Water Week happens May 5th through the 11th. Fort Collins Utilities wants to celebrate the quality of the local drinking water.

Fort Collins Utilities has been around since the 1880s. Drinking Water Week is a week where the importance of quality drinking water and the people who ensure that quality are recognized.

According to the City of Fort Collins here are Fort Collins Utilities' drinking water facts:

1. Our drinking water consistently exceeds state and federal standards for purity and quality.

2. The Water Treatment Facility has a capacity of 87 million gallons per day. After treatment, the water is distributed through 525 miles of underground water lines.

3. Utilities' Water Quality Lab responds to quality concerns 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

4. In 1984, eight years before the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) required corrosion control, Utilities implemented a successful corrosion control program to prevent the leaching of lead and copper from water pipes.

5. The Water Treatment Facility achieved the 15-year Directors' Award from the Partnership for Safe Water in 2015.

6. In 2016, the Water Treatment Facility received the prestigious "President's Award" and the distribution system was awarded the "Director's Award" from the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Partnership for Safe Water.

7. In 2018, the water distribution and treatment systems were awarded the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies Platinum Award for Utility Excellence.

8. In 2018, the Water Treatment Facility provided 8.3 billion gallons of clean, safe drinking water to Fort Collins homes and businesses.