Outreach & Education

COG and its local governments and water utilities focus on ways to integrate outreach and education efforts with broader water resource efforts in the region – as part of a ‘one water’ approach.  These efforts include participating in broader source water protection efforts for the entire Potomac River basin, as well as specific programs to address local water resource issues. 

Community Engagement Campaign

COG and the region’s water and wastewater utilities engage with citizens about the value of water and ways to protect water infrastructure and their household pipes, via its Community Engagement Campaign (CEC), a partnership between COG and the region’s water and wastewater utilities.

COG adopted the national Water, Use it Wisely program to demonstrate simple wise water use practices, which are especially critical in times of drought.

COG and the CEC also communicate the value of water, and advocate for tap water. One way they do this is via the TapIt Metro DC campaign. TapIt is a network of regional establishments that provide easy access to tap water.

COG and the CEC also manage the Protect Your Pipes public education campaign about proper care of household plumbing, including information on keeping unwanted items from being flushed down toilets and poured down drains. 

CEC Member Jurisdictions:
Arlington County DES
City of Rockville
Fairfax County
Frederick County Division of Utilities and Solid Waste
Town of Leesburg
Town of Purcellville Department of Public Works

CEC Member Utilities and Authorities:
DC Water
Fairfax Water
Loudoun Water
Upper Occoquan Service Authority
Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC)
Prince William County Service Authority

News & Multimedia

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    Utilities offer tips for preventing frozen pipes and meters

    January 2, 2018

    During this period of extreme cold, area water utilities have been reaching out through traditional and social media to help homeowners prevent frozen pipes and...

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    National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to be Held September 26

    September 21, 2015

    On Saturday, September 26, the public is encouraged to safely dispose of prescription and over-the-counter medications at over 50 locations throughout...

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    While Dry Conditions Persist, Regional Water Supplies Remain at Normal Levels

    September 18, 2015

    Dry conditions persist throughout metropolitan Washington, but the region’s water supply levels and drought stage are normal according to the Metropolitan...

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    National Capital Region to Celebrate Drinking Water Week

    April 30, 2015

    National Drinking Water Week (May 3 – 9, 2015) is an occasion for utilities to be seen and to celebrate the importance and quality of drinking water services in...

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    Leaders Celebrate Safe Drinking Water Act at 'Toast to Tap'

    October 2, 2014

    Area water leaders celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the Safe Water Drinking Act in Downtown Washington, D.C. last week at the Toast to Tap event sponsored by...

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    National Drug Take Back Day Promotes Safe Communities and Water Supplies

    September 24, 2014

    Regional officials are encouraging area residents to dispose of unused or expired medication on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday,...

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    Penny Gross Promotes Tap Water at Smithsonian Event

    May 12, 2014

    Fairfax County Supervisor and COG Chesapeake Bay Policy Committee Chair Penny Gross spoke at Smithsonian Garden Fest on May 9 as part of National Drinking...

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