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Dozen of events look to highlight the importance of water

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — River Days 2019 kicked off Saturday with a toast to clean water, ahead of a series of environmental events taking place throughout our region this month.

Armed with a reusable water bottle — the capped crusader “Water Woman” participated in the toast —where Philadelphia tap water was enjoyed.

“I am the designated water protector in Philadelphia,” she said.

Philadelphia Water Department Commissioner Randy Hayman raised a glass at the River Days kickoff event at Penn’s Landing.

Reporter: “Wow commissioner we’re in the presence of such greatness!”

“I know a super hero for water,” Hayman said.

The commissioner says 15 million people get their drinking water from the Delaware River, and we all need to do our part to keep area waterways clean.

“We need to protect our water system and we need to keep it as clean as we can for our generation and for generations to come,” he said.

There will be all sorts of environmental friendly events around the Delaware River watershed this month like cleanups, hikes and bike rides.

There’s a list of River Days events at

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