ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The Drinking Water Research Foundation (DWRF) is urging consumers to think about their drinking water during National Drinking Water Week this week, according to a press release.

Themed “What do you know about your H2O?,” this year’s drinking water week is an ideal reminder for consumers to remember to carefully read their water quality reports and ask questions about the quality of their drinking water, the release reported.

“Many people in the United States are under the false assumption that their drinking water, because it is monitored and regulated by federal, state and local agencies, is always safe. But this is not always the case,” says Jack West, DWRF chairman.

A recently released research review paper by DWRF entitled: “Microbial Health Risks of Regulated Drinking Waters in the United States," continued the release, concludes that, “it is clear that as a consequence of the differences in regulations, distribution systems, operating (manufacturing) practices and microbial standards of quality, public drinking water supplies present a substantially higher human risk than do bottled waters for illness due to waterborne organisms.”

According to the release, the quality of drinking water in the United States is extensively monitored and regulated by federal, state and local agencies, yet a close examination of both public system drinking water and bottled water processing and distribution procedures reveals striking differences that could explain why consumers have safety concerns regarding tap water.