This year on October 21, groups all over the country are coming together to educate their communities and find solutions to combat a rapidly changing climate and aging infrastructure. For most people, the systems that bring us this valuable resource are generally reliable and remain out of sight, out of mind. For others, a day without water is a frustrating reality with seemingly few solutions.
Imagine a Day Without Water is a national day of action on October 21 and raises awareness about the value of water. Have you ever thought about where your drinking water comes from? What about where your wastewater goes? For its seventh annual day, we urge you to take a few steps beyond imagining the reality of going without a resource as vital as water. We would like you to take action by learning about the systems that deliver water to your homes and businesses each day.
According to the 2021 Annual Value of Water Index, a majority of Americans across all demographics support a strong investment in our nation’s water infrastructure. A bipartisan agreement can be a rarity, but in this case, most people agree that reliable water service and supply are crucial. Meaningful investment in our water systems would provide access to quality water for everyone, resilient infrastructure, and more jobs. In fact, closing the water infrastructure investment gap would increase the GDP by $4.5 trillion over 20 years.
As an individual, you may wonder where you fit into ensuring a day without water doesn’t become a reality in your community. It’s a daunting task, but our collective voice can make a real, lasting impact.
Education is key. Take some time to learn about local water sources and what your water and wastewater utilities are doing to invest in your community. Consider joining like-minded people and reach out to decision-makers and find where they stand on investing in water infrastructure.
Here at Handex we will be demonstrating support by raising awareness through social media posts and educating people of the dangers of PFAS in drinking water. Handex has created a whitepaper demonstrating how PFAS affects our drinking water, and what can be done to get rid of these “forever chemicals".
We also encourage people to reach out to the EPA, to voice their concern over PFAS in drinking water.
No matter your reason for participating in Imagine a Day Without Water, continue the conversation with your friends, family, and co-workers about the value of water. A day without water doesn’t have to be inevitable. Let’s work toward a reality in which a day without water is something we only imagine.
For information on Imagine a Day Without Water and how you can participate, visit the event website.