Imagine waking up and finding out there’s no water.
No water for the toilet, shower, bath, sinks, icemaker, or even the outside hose. No water for coffee; or filling the pets’ bowl; no water for cooking or cleaning.
Now 想象一下 that it’s not just your home, but your entire community: no water for manufacturing; no water for fire crews to keep you safe; no water for farmers to irrigate crops and grow food.
For many Americans — at least two million, according to a 2019 study by the US Water Alliance and DigDeep —this is a reality they face 每一天. 仅去年一年, 受污染的水源, 没有基础设施, 干旱, and severe storms have left dozens of communities reeling—from West Virginia to Mississippi to New Mexico—as they struggle to restore, repair and upgrade water and sewer 靠谱的外围买球网站. And that doesn’t even account for the challenges faced by low-income households.
这就是为什么今天，10月10日. 19，我们在观察 想象没有水的一天， a National Day of Action intended to unite communities and policymakers to advance greater and more equitable investment in water systems.
It’s also a time to consider your own impact on the environment, to think about 水源保护, and look for ways that you can help to reduce water use.
Most of us don’t think about where our water comes from, or where it goes. We turn on the tap, and clean water flows out. We flush the toilet, and wastewater goes away.
When you have reliable water 靠谱的外围买球网站, you don’t have to think about the infrastructure that brings water to your home or business and returns it safely to the environment — but we should. We should also consider how much water we waste, and the impact of chemicals and other pollutants on our source water, because we have a very limited supply. Although water covers 71 percent of the Earth’s surface, almost all of it—96.5%是海水. That means just 3 percent is freshwater, and of that, 只有 1.2 percent can be used as drinking water!
Water is essential to public sanitation and health. In communities with inadequate water and wastewater infrastructure, the public health consequences have been dire.
美国.S. 水利基础设施陈旧. 在很多地方, and right here in the Lehigh Valley, some pipes have been in place for more than a century. As this system continues to age and deteriorate, 街道洪水, 供水中断, 由此造成的损害也在增加. Each day in the United States, a water main breaks every 2 minutes.
基础设施 requires regular maintenance, rehabilitation, and updates. Our Capital Plans outline major projects and investments projected over a 5-year period. You can read the plans and learn more about them on our 财经页面. Investments in the system are critical in the protection of public health and the environment.
Curious about where your water comes from, and what’s in it? You can find out its source, see water test results, and find out how we treat it with our 水质图. 你也可以乘我们的 推荐个靠谱的外围买球网站热线调查. We have a similar tool that you can use to 了解你的废水 靠谱的外围买球网站.
Imagine a Day Without Water is an opportunity to share why water is important to you, 你的业务, 你的社区.
在一起, we can speak with one voice and ask public officials to take responsibility for our water today and tomorrow.
作为个人, you may wonder where you fit into ensuring a day without water doesn’t become a reality. It’s a daunting task, but our collective voice can make a real, lasting impact. 教育是关键.
Teach your children about the value of water, too. 请下载 Economic Benefits of Investing in Water 基础设施. Parents and teachers can check out our 水教育网页 for games and activities that will help show kids the value of water.
Let’s all try to Imagine a Day Without Water — so that we don’t have to face the reality. A day without water doesn’t have to be inevitable. Let’s work toward a future in which a day without water is something everyone can 只有 想象一下.