Clean water is critical to stem the coronavirus pandemic

An opinion column in the Arizona Republic noted how we need clean water now, more than ever and included four ways to help keep Arizona's water supply clean and plentiful.

In the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Americans have rightly recognized the heroism and importance of medical professionals, first responders and the “essential workers” staffing groceries and pharmacies.

Perhaps less recognized, but every bit as important, are those employed in the water and sanitation sector.

Every time we wash our hands, we should be grateful for the policies, investments and – above all – dedicated professionals who keep our most important anti-viral weapon flowing 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Most of us rarely, if ever, stop to think about the water professionals our lives depend on, but this week is Arizona Water Professionals Appreciation Week, so we’d like to take a moment to suggest four simple ways we can show our gratitude for the individuals who are working to ensure clean water and sanitation during this crisis and at all other times.

READ: Four ways to help the water supply