Imagine A Day Without Water
No water to drink, or even to make coffee with. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry. Hospitals would close without water. Firefighters couldn’t put out fires and farmers couldn’t water their crops. Some Americans already know how impossible it is to try to go a day without our most precious resource: Water. But many Americans take water for granted every day.
The Value of Water Campaign will observe its fifth annual Imagine a Day Without Water, to engage the public and key stakeholders about how water infrastructure is essential, invaluable, and needs investment.
Water is essential: it nourishes us, cleans us and sustains us. We rely on water for critical services, such as manufacturing, energy production and transportation. Just one day without water service in the United States would put $43.5 billion of economic activity at risk. In just eight days, a national water service stoppage would put nearly 2 million jobs in jeopardy.
According to a poll released by the Value of Water Campaign earlier this year, Americans from coast to coast and of every political persuasion think lawmakers need to prioritize investment in infrastructure – and specifically water infrastructure. Every year, millions of Americans do have to live without water service, either because of a disruption from a natural disaster or because they live in an area without reliable water infrastructure and service. Imagine a Day Without Water is a day to ask the public to educate themselves about our water systems and demand action from leaders so no American has to live a day without water again.
“Reliable water service dramatically changed public health and our economy over the last 100 to 150 years, but most Americans don’t realize how fragile our water systems actually are,” says Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance and the Value of Water Campaign Executive Director. “We cannot take water for granted anymore. Our goal is to remind our leaders that securing the safety and reliability of the nation’s water and wastewater systems is something we cannot afford to ignore.”
Last year, over 1,100 organizations came together for Imagine a Day Without Water. We invite viewers to visit www.imagineadaywithoutwater.org, www.thevalueofwater.org and the Twitter handle @TheValueofWater and #ValueWater hashtag for more information.
About the Value of Water Campaign: The Value of Water Campaign educates and inspires the nation about how water is essential, invaluable, and in need of investment. Spearheaded by top leaders in the water industry, and coordinated by the U.S. Water Alliance, the Value of Water Campaign is building public and political will for investment in America’s water and wastewater infrastructure through best-in-class communications tools, high-impact events, media activities, and robust research and publications. More at thevalueofwater.org.
Courtesy: The Value of Water Campaign