The Weber Basin Water Conservancy District will open its three drinking water-treatment plants in Bountiful, Layton and Ogden to the public this week in observance of National Drinking Water Week.

"Most take water pretty much for granted," said Ivan W. Flint, district general manager, "and during National Drinking Water Week, we'd like to promote a better understanding of all the things that happen to water between the time we get it from nature and the time the consumer runs it from the faucet at home."Along with the public tours, the water district will make slide presentations and answer questions at local schools upon request.

"As new federal drinking water regulations go into effect this year, the public needs to know more about the changes that will be made in such areas as the monitoring and testing of drinking water, higher drinking water standards, treatment requirements and public education," Flint said.

The district supplies all or part of drinking water for cities from North Ogden to North Salt Lake. Drinking water is processed from six of the seven reservoirs where the district stores water. They include Echo, Pineview, Causey, Rockport, East Canyon and Lost Creek reservoirs.

The district also has nine wells with which to supplement culinary water use in summer months, Flint said.

Open houses will be held at Plant No. 4, 38 North Davis Blvd., Bountiful; Plant No. 3 at 2837 E. U-193, Layton; and Plant No. 2, 48th S. Old Post Road, Ogden. The plants are open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information about the tours or presentations call the district at 771-1677.