Can you remember the last time you turned on the tap and thought about where your water came from and how it got there? Or what happens when you flush the toilet and the dirty water goes away. Now imagine a day without water. Without safe, reliable water and wastewater service, that would mean that water didn't come out of your faucet to brush your teeth. Flushing the toilet doesn't do anything. A day without water is nothing short of a crisis.
That's why on October 23, 2019 we are participating in Imagine a Day Without Water. We ask everyone to consider what their day would be like if they couldn’t turn on the tap and get clean drinking water, or if you flushed the toilet and wastewater didn’t go anywhere. What would that day be like? A day without water is a public health and safety crisis. A day without water means firefighters can’t do their jobs, hospitals would be unsanitary, and no one could wash dirty dishes or clothes. Living without water is an economic crisis too: a single nationwide day without water service would put $43.5 billion in economic activity at risk.
At Loudoun Water it is our mission to sustainably manage water resources in advocacy of health, environment and quality of life. We pledge to bring our customers clean, healthy water that is safe to drink. Our staff values education and outreach which is why we partner with classrooms in Loudoun County Public Schools to talk about the importance of protecting our drinking water resources. Talking about topics like the importance of infrastructure we don't always see because it's below ground, simple ways that everyone can protect our watersheds, and how our water and wastewater is treated helps to start the conversation. It's not uncommon to hear from students that they've never thought about where their water comes from or where dirty water goes. We live in an area where we can turn on the faucet, flush our toilets and fill bathtubs without a second thought.
Investing in our drinking water and wastewater systems, secures a bright and prosperous future for generations to come. We need to invest in our local water systems. Public officials at the local, state, and national level must prioritize investment in water, because no American should ever have to live a day without water.
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