DENVER — American Water Works Association (AWWA) CEO David LaFrance issued a statement to mark the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) on Dec. 16, according to a press release.

The SDWA includes regulations for more than 90 different contaminants to help ensure safe drinking water, stated the release.

“As we mark the 40th anniversary of the Safe Drinking Water Act, the water community can take pride in the fact that U.S. tap water is among the world’s safest,” said LaFrance in the statement. “Thanks in great part to the SDWA, Americans can drink from virtually any public tap with confidence, knowing the water is monitored daily and meets some of the world’s highest standards.”

LaFrance continues in the statement to acknowledge that the success of the SDWA is also thanks to the professionals of the water industry for their dedication to keeping U.S. water supplies safe, reported the release.

LaFrance also notes in the statement that the future of providing safe drinking water is not without its challenges, “The success of the next 540 years of the SDWA will require a renewed and sustained effort to protect our precious drinking water sources,” stated LaFrance. “It will require a relentless commitment to scientific process as we evaluate the next generation of water quality concerns and take steps to protect consumers.”

Read the entire release here.