Today, the City of Independence, Missouri, joined elected officials, water utilities, community leaders, educators, and businesses from across the country as part of the fifth annual Imagine a Day Without Water, a nationwide day of education and advocacy about the value of water. Led by the Value of Water Campaign, a thousand organizations across the country will raise awareness about not taking water for granted and the crucial need for investment in our nation’s water systems.
An investment in our drinking water and wastewater systems is essential to our national health, safety, environment, and economic prosperity.
Turning on the tap for clean, safe drinking water, and flushing the toilet with no second thought about what happens to wastewater, are actions most Americans take for granted every day. But drought, flooding, and population changes are stressing our water and wastewater systems. While most Americans enjoy reliable water service, our nation’s water infrastructure is aging and in need of investment. A day without water service is a public health and an economic disaster: a single nationwide day without water service would put $43.5 billion in economic activity at risk.
The City of Independence, Missouri, joined Imagine a Day Without Water to draw attention to the importance of water and wastewater sustainability issues.
“The importance of protecting water, our most valuable asset, cannot be overstated,” Water Pollution Control Director Lisa Phelps said. “I am very proud of the work performed by those in the wastewater industry, specifically our Independence Water Pollution Control staff. It is our goal to ensure the water we are putting back into the ecosystem is as clean as possible. In my opinion, the team responsible for this are all true unsung heroes.”
“In the month of August, we produced an equivalent to 14 billion 8 oz. glasses of water for our 250,000 customers,” Director of Water Services Dan Montgomery said. “Our water is a very important resource and we take the protection of this resource very seriously. Our aquifer is certified by the State of Missouri as a Wellhead Protection area to preserve the quality of this water for generations to come. Independence is very fortunate to have an excellent groundwater source and an extremely dedicated staff that makes sure water of the highest quality is delivered to you whenever you need it.”
“We're thrilled that the City of Independence, Missouri, is a part of Imagine a Day Without Water,” CEO of the US Water Alliance and Director of the Value of Water Campaign Radhika Fox said. “This national day of action educates our neighbors and public officials about the essential role water plays in all of our lives.”
Imagine a Day Without Water is an opportunity for diverse organizations, from environmental advocates to coffee shops, aquariums to car washes, city halls to water utilities, to talk about how water is important to them. Learn more at imagineadaywithoutwater.org and follow the conversation on social media at #ValueWater.