Can you imagine going even one day without water? Just think of all the simple―but necessary―things you COULDN’T do:
- Take a shower
- Brush your teeth
- Flush the toilet
- Wash your hands
- Clean your house, dishes, clothing, car, or anything else
- Water your lawn
If your house caught on fire, firefighters couldn’t help you. Hospitals would close. Food crops would die. Farmers couldn’t produce milk, meat, or eggs. Most manufacturing would halt.
In other words, everything we eat, drink, wear, and use depends on water for its production. Water is literally the foundation of our lives; without water, we couldn’t continue.
October 12, 2017 is Imagine a Day without Water, sponsored by the Value of Water Campaign to raise awareness and educate America about the value of water.
Most of us know that water insecurity is a serious problem in developing countries, but we’ve also seen examples right here in the U.S. of how fragile our water supply can be.
In Flint, Michigan, contaminationof the water system by aging lead pipes continues to be a problem, with residents advised to use bottled water until all the lead pipes can be replaced. This is expected to be completed in 2020 at the earliest.
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma temporarily overwhelmed local water systems with pollutants and raw sewage.
Here in Utah, we need to plan for natural disasters such as earthquakes that have the potential to disrupt our water supply.
What can you do?
While ensuring the water supply might seem to be out of your control, there are many actions we can all take to help make sure we don’t go a day without water.
Protect the watershed. Follow posted regulations when hiking to keep the watershed―and your drinking water―clean.
Calculate your water footprint. Visit gracelinks.org/825/water-footprints to get an idea of how much water you use.
Support long-term spending on water infrastructure. It’s crucial to maintain and update the tanks, pipes, and pumps that make up our water delivery systems.