You wake up, shower, make your coffee, feed your family, flush the toilet, wash your laundry. Can you imagine a day without water? Water, a seemingly unending resource, plays a significant role in our lives, yet the infrastructure needed to supply access to our homes and businesses is often out of sight, and therefore, out of mind.
October 21 was the Value of Water Campaign's annual Imagine a Day Without Water. On this day, the Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities Department (PUD) invited residents to Jittery Joe's Roaster for a FREE cup of coffee, which is 98% water! We enjoyed meeting so many friends as we joined others across the nation to take a moment to consider what your day would be like if you couldn't turn on the tap and get clean drinking water. The water drop to the right shows a few things Athenians said they would miss without water.
What can you do for Imagine a Day Without Water? Reach out to local politicians to let them know that investment in your water infrastructure is a top priority. Learn more about where your water comes from and where it goes after it leaves your home. Read an op-ed about local water. Here are a few videos to get you started:
To celebrate the value of water and to recognize Imagine A Day Without Water, the Public Utilities Department asked to see a photo of you - or a friend, family member, pet, etc. - with our incredibly amazing drinking water. We received two dozen submissions to the Water Works Photo contest. Photographers of all ages and experience levels snapped photos to fill in the blank:
Water Works. Today. Tomorrow. For ___(fill in with name)___.
We counted your votes, determined the Top 10 photos, and featured them in a TV commercial (video above) to air on Charter TV, ACTV, and social media channels. (OK, we had a tie, so this one goes all the way to 11!).
Imagine a Day Without Water began in 2015 as a project of The Value of Water Campaign. In 2021, more than 1,000 organizations signed up to participate in the annual day of advocacy and education.
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. Follow the Value of Water Campaign on Twitter and Facebook.