What would your day be like if you turned on the tap or flushed the toilet, and nothing happened? While many take water for granted, plenty of Americans live with this this grim reality every day.
Imagine a Day Without Water, hosted by the US Water Alliance Value of Water Campaign, is a national education campaign that brings together diverse stakeholders to spotlight how essential, invaluable, and in need of investment water is. It calls on all to pause and make the way water systems impact our lives and communities, and commit to ensuring a sustainable water future for future generations.
Over the past two years, the campaign has developed a free toolkit of high-quality communications assets for organizations to use, created a communications bootcamp to train communications staff about how to more effectively talk about the value of water, and coordinated and hosted high-impact events to raise the profile of water, including Infrastructure Week in May and Imagine a Day Without Water in the fall.
Thousands of agencies have participated in Imagine a Day Without Water in prior years. Some of the highlights from last year’s programming included the state proclamations and city and council resolutions made, media features, virtual events hosted by organizations, a link to watch the Imagine a Day Without Water 2020 National Forum, and much more.
This year, the 7th annual Imagine a Day Without Water – set for October 21st – will dive deeper into the impact drinking water and wastewater providers have within communities nationwide. It will include events, resolutions, student contests, social media engagement, and more, all across the country.
We encourage all our member agencies to participate! If your agency already has plans underway, we invite you to please share them with us. We’d like to highlight your efforts and contributions to this occasion.
Your agency can participate in small (ex: post on social media) or larger (ex: formal public event with government officials attending) ways. If you’d like to join but aren’t sure where to start, check out this page for a list of ideas. You can sign up to participate here. To learn more about the occasion and past participation, click here.
If you’ve already signed up or plan to sign up, please email Anna Radev (email@example.com) to tell us how you’re joining the cause and we’ll tell your story to others within and beyond the Exchange. We hope to see you planning an event, sharing on social media, partnering with public officials, or using other creative ways to spotlight water challenges in your region and highlight why all should value water.