From Oct. 6-8, organizations across North America will encourage everyone to “Imagine a Day Without Water.” The event, sponsored by the Value of Water Coalition, will emphasize the importance of water for our homes, businesses and environment, highlighting the need to care for our water infrastructure. American Water Works Association President Gene Koontz issued the following statement to commemorate the occasion.
“Many North Americans take for granted our water and the remarkable water systems that deliver it to our homes and businesses, carry it away to be cleaned, and ultimately return it to the environment. But the series of news articles just published by the Associated Press clearly demonstrates why we must continue to raise the conversation about buried water infrastructure above ground.
“Our water and wastewater systems are aging and in need of investment. AWWA’s 2012 Buried No Longer report put the collective cost at more than $1 trillion over 25 years for drinking water pipes alone. We owe it to future generations to act today.
"It’s difficult to imagine even a single day without water. The simplest acts we enjoy – making fresh coffee, cleaning the kitchen, flushing our toilets, bathing our children – all these things depend on a sufficient water supply and reliable water service. A day without water would be devastating to our local businesses and broader economy. The public health would be immediately at risk without efficient wastewater treatment, and the natural environment would suffer.
"Fortunately, it’s a rare occasion when a North American community goes without water so it’s easy to forget about our most precious resource. But the first step to recognizing the value of water is to imagine life without it. During “Imagine a Day Without Water” and beyond, the American Water Works Association encourages everyone to recognize the essential nature of water in our lives and to advocate for strong, healthy water systems.”
Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.