October 10, 2018
Fourth Annual Imagine a Day Without Water Campaign
Fox Chapel Authority joined elected officials, water utilities, community leaders, and businesses participating in the fourth 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, hundreds of organizations across the country will host events today aimed at raising awareness about the crucial need for investment in our nation’s water infrastructure to ensure that no American community is left without safe and reliable water.
“No community can thrive without water, and every American deserves a safe, reliable, accessible water supply” said Mark Nicely, Manager of Fox Chapel Authority. “We support these efforts of the Value of Water Campaign to raise awareness and educate the public”.
It is easy to take our water infrastructure for granted because it is often underground and out of sight. The systems that deliver water to and from our homes and businesses require reinvestment and upkeep just like roads and bridges.
Our water infrastructure is aging and in need of investment, having gone underfunded in many areas of the country for decades. Drought, flooding, and climate change are stressing our water and wastewater 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.
Despite the vast challenges facing American water infrastructure, the good news is that there is great opportunity in investment. A study conducted by the Value of Water Campaign has found that there is over $220 billion in economic activity to be gained nationwide by closing the water infrastructure investment gap. The American public is already widely supportive of implementing these needed investments. Above any other pressing political issue, Americans name rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure as the issue they most want our elected officials to address.
Abigail Gardner |Value of Water Campaign Communications Director| firstname.lastname@example.org| o. 412 421 0809 | c. 412 977 3051
The Value of Water Campaign educates and inspires the nation about how water is essential, invaluable, and in need of investment. Spearheaded by top leaders in the water industry, the Value of Water Campaign is building public and political will for investment in America’s water infrastructure.