You wake up and walk 3 miles away from your home to fill up 2 buckets of drinking water. The source is contaminated, and it makes you sick, but you know that otherwise you’d die in less than a week.
Around the world, at least 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water that is contaminated, and nearly 2,000 children under the age of five die every day due to diarrheal diseases from contamination.
On September 15th, 2016 we are partnering with many other water districts, community leaders and commercial businesses for the national education campaign “Imagine a Day Without Water”. The main objective of this campaign is to engage stakeholders, public officials and the general public appreciate the incalculable value of water. Everyone is invited to take action and secure a more sustainable future!
You have 12 ways to participate:
- Sign the petition to call on public officials at the federal states and local level to prioritize investment in our aging water infrastructure. For each petition they received, Change the Course will restore 1,000 gallons of water to the critically dewatered river and wetlands across North America.
- Help spread the message in social media through Thunderclap.
- Are you a social media wiz? Share some of these cool graphics, and use the hashtag #ValueWater.
- Are you a social butterfly? Host a tour or an open house and invite elected leader, stakeholders, business community and/or press to an open house or tour of a water or wastewater facility.
- Issue a press release. You can use this template to tailor yours.
- Ask your mayor, city council, county council, U.S. Representative, Senator, regulator, state legislator or governor for a proclamation or resolution on “Imagine a Day Without Water.”
- Write an op-ed to a local paper or business journal.
- Use the “What’s the Value of Water?” toolkit.
- Visit a newspaper’s editorial board and discuss the state of water infrastructure, challenge and misconceptions about water use and service in your area.
- Are you a teacher? Engage the next generation of stewards by sharing educational materials or planning trips to a facility, in order to discuss the impact of water in their lives and future.
- Feeling chatty? Arrange an interview with a local talk news radio program.
- Last but not least, you can also release a paper or report if you have been working on a new report, research project or survey to reach to a larger audience!
Most Americans take water for granted, because every time, we turn on the tap, there is safe drinking, but we are the lucky ones – water scarcity affects more than 40% of the global population and is expected to increase. So, let’s come together save water today and everyday moving forward!