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WHEREAS, the health, safety, and well-being of all Virginians are of utmost importance to the prosperity and livelihood of our Commonwealth’s families and communities; and
WHEREAS, clean water for proper hand hygiene has played a key role in the ongoing fight against COVID-19 as well as other health issues; and
WHEREAS, waterworks in Virginia deliver 600 million gallons of drinking water to consumers every day, with the average person using 75 gallons per day; and
WHEREAS, wastewater treatment plants in Virginia receive and treat an average of 850 million gallons of wastewater daily, the proper treatment of which protects the ecological health of Virginia’s major river systems; and
WHEREAS, conscientious regulation and operation of both public and private waterworks and wastewater treatment plants helps prevent contamination and other avoidable incidents that threaten the health and wellbeing of all residents in the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, thousands of water and wastewater industry professionals in the Commonwealth’s public and private sectors dedicate their careers to keeping drinking water and treated wastewater clean and free of substances that are harmful to both humans and the environment;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize June 30, 2021, as DRINKING WATER AND WASTEWATER PROFESSIONALS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.