Can You Imagine?
DC residents use about 100 gallons of water each day. Suppose you can make it out of bed without the promise of freshly brewed coffee, a warm shower, and clean clothes. How would firefighters respond to emergencies? How would hospitals function without clean running water? Water is much more than just the thirst-quenching, life-buildling, fascinating substance that makes up 60% of our bodies. From flushing toilets to cooling computer mainframes, water is critical to sustaining life as we know it.
Most Americans hardly think twice about the infrastructure that brings water to their homes, and safely returns water to our environment. They turn on the tap, and clean water flows out. They flush the toilet, and wastewater goes away. The reality is, our water infrastructure is aging and needs investment. In fact, the vast majority of Americans, across parties and regions, want the government to invest in our water infrastructure. The data shows 88 percent of Americans support increasing federal investment to rebuild water infrastructure, and 75 percent of Americans want Congress to be proactive and invest in our nation’s water infrastructure before our systems fail.
While most Americans cannot imagine a day without water, there are many communities that have lived, and are living, without water because they don’t have access to safe and reliable water systems.
A single nationwide day without water service 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. A day without water is nothing short of a humanitarian, political, and economic crisis.
This is why DC Water is taking part of the national event, “Imagine a Day Without Water,” organized by the Value of Water Campaign, to encourage residents and students to contemplate the value of life’s most critical resource and its role in our day-to-day lives.
On October 10, DC Water will be out in the community to engage residents about the value of water and the importance of water infrastrtucutre.
- Walk to School Day
Lincoln Park, East Capitol St NE, between 11th and 13th
Wendy and Team Blue will be waking up with famillies and students before Wednesday classes, discussing how they use water in their every day lives.
- Imagine A Day Without Lunch
Corner of 7th and G St NW
DC Water will be out at Gallery Place to greet residents during their lunch break with trivia, prizes, and dialogue about life's most critical resource.
- Trivia Night at the Big Stick
20 M St SE
No Water, No Beer! DC Water has teamed up with District Trivia to host bar trivia at the Big Stick. Particpants who answer the "Water is Life" bonus rounds correctly will win swag and bragging rights.