Tidewater Utilities Inc. issued its annual Drinking Water Quality Report for its customers in New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties, available at waterquality.tuiwater.com.

Tidewater Utilities reported that water delivered to customers during 2016 met or was better than state and federal primary standards for safe drinking water.

The purpose of the report is to educate customers about the source of their drinking water, the quality of their water supply, the testing performed during 2016 and ongoing efforts to maintain standards.

Tidewater Utilities encourages residents to join in protecting drinking water sources for current and future generations by following suggestions:

— Check with local municipality to learn how to dispose of household wastes such as motor oil, paint and pharmaceuticals property.

— Keep chemicals and debris out of storm drains, which may flow into surface waterways.

— Limit the use of fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides.

— Practice wise water use (repair leaking faucets or toilets, etc.)

— Consider installing WaterSense-labeled water-efficient products

For information about Tidewater, visit tuiwater.com or call 877-720- 9272.

For information about Middlesex Water Company, visit middlesexwater.com, or call 732-634- 1500.