APPRECIATING THE VALUE OF WATER

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APPRECIATING THE VALUE OF WATER

Posted on 11 October 2017 by Editorial team
Posted in FluksAqua Community, FluksAqua insights, Innovation, Wastewater Management, Water and wastewater community,

APPRECIATING THE VALUE OF WATER

Turning on a faucet and getting clean, treated water seems like a mundane activity. Most people take for granted how much effort and skill is required to produce drinking water. But without treated water, there is no coffee, no beer, showers, laundry or toilets.

On October 12, the Value of Water Campaign is asking communities across North America to Imagine a Day Without Water. It is the third annual event designed to educate Americans and Canadians on the value of the water coming out of their taps.

According to the campaign, a single nationwide day without water service would put $43.5 billion of economic activity at risk. A week without national water service would put nearly two million jobs in jeopardy. Even one day without water would cause a crisis.

Recent weather events across the U.S. continue to stress underfunded water infrastructure. There are millions of Americans living in areas that do not have the systems to provide safe drinking water. It is time to change how water is viewed so people begin to understand how vital it is to their way of life. It is time to realize the value of water and that of the services provided by water and wastewater industry

The campaign is encouraging communities and water operators to participate in Imagine a Day Without Water. Here are some ways you can get involved:

  • Open your doors: water infrastructure is usually buried or hidden so people cannot appreciate how it works. By hosting an open house and welcoming the community into a water treatment facility, it can shed new light on how clean, treated water ends up at a person’s home.
  • Speak to your community: Approach local schools, businesses and community groups about presenting on the value of water and how not having water is a major issue.
  • Promote water: Contribute an op-ed to a local newspaper or business magazine. Look for potential partners that could add color to the article such as a local brewing business or farmer. If you have news, approach local media about it or offer them a tour of your water facility.
  • Get political: Approach your local representatives about highlight Imagine A Day Without Water with a proclamation or resolution. Help your politicians understand that water infrastructure may not be the most exciting issue, it affects all of their voters.
  • Get social: Water operators are not always the most vocal group but social media provides a way to share your experiences and expertise with a wider audience. Use #ValueWater to help engage the community and emphasize the important role water plays in their everyday lives.
  • Share your thoughts with Fluksaqua: Can you imagine a day without water in your own community. What would it look like. Share your thought on the FluksAqua Forum.

Imagine a Day Without Water is a great opportunity to remind your community about the important work being done to manage their water. Water drives the economy and people need to be paying more attention to maintaining their clean drinking water; this also means agreeing to bridge the under investment gap to sustain water services for the foreseeable future.

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