Imagine: Could you go a day without water? No water to drink or make coffee. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry. Firefighters couldn't put out fires and farmers couldn't water their crops.
From October 6 - 8 agencies across the country will join together to raise awareness about the most essential resource we have: Water. The Value of Water Coalition is hosting Imagine a Day Without Water, a national effort to educate and inspire people about the value of water, our most precious resource.
Many people take water service for granted. The average American uses 64,240 gallons of water each year. Clean, safe, reliable, and affordable water comes out of the tap and flows down the drain without a second thought. But the massive infrastructure, much of it underground, which brings water to homes and businesses, takes it away, and treats it, is aging.
A water main breaks somewhere in the U.S. every two minutes. Most pipes have an average life expectancy of 50 years, but in many major cities, water pipes are more than 100 years old. Communities cannot afford to go a day without water if those systems reach their breaking points.
The message is clear - water is essential, invaluable, and needs investment.
The problem is that water infrastructure and resources are at risk and this puts the nation at risk. With a growing national population and finite water supplies, we have long-term water supply challenges that must be addressed with new and creative strategies that meet current and future needs. There are a total of 68,873 drinking water and wastewater treatment systems in the U.S.
The solution is to make investment in water a top priority in order to ensure clean, safe water so all communities can thrive. According to the Society of Civil Engineers, a total of $4.8 trillion needs to be invested in the country’s water infrastructure over the next 20 years to maintain a state of good repair.