Imagine a Day Without Water: A Recap

Date: 
October 3, 2016

The average person uses 80-100 gallons of water a day, but imagine a day without any. No water to brush your teeth. No water to flush the toilet. No water to fight fires. No water for your pets or plants… and what about morning coffee?

That’s hard to imagine.

In the United States, we are so accustomed to instant gratification when it comes to water. It seems impossible to go a day without it. On September 15th, to raise awareness and educate our community about the value of water, AlexRenew participated in the national initiative, Imagine a Day Without Water.

AlexRenew took part in several ways: on social media, through employee-submitted photos, and via a community YouTube Live event. September 15th was all about the value of water.

Our YouTube event included artwork from local students as they imagined a day without water and a live Q&A session with our CEO, Karen Pallansch. The event was a great way to bring the community together and focus the conversation on a topic that often gets overlooked: water as a precious resource. In addition, AlexRenew employees submitted photos of their own idea of a world without water.

We also encouraged our community to sign the Value of Water Coalition’s petition, “No American should have to Imagine a Day Without Water,” aimed at increasing public and private investment in water infrastructure and ensuring that water is affordable, reliable, and accessible to all communities and businesses. For every signature received, Change the Course restored 1,000 gallons of water to critically dewatered rivers and wetlands across North America!

Across the U.S., nearly 500 organizations joined together for Imagine a Day Without Water because we know that the economy and our communities’ health depend on clean water. We’ve already seen the devastating effects of the lead crisis in Flint, Michigan and of water scarcity in California. In Alexandria, we are fortunate to live in a water-rich area, but we still face very real challenges from aging infrastructure to flooding to restoring the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay. We’ve made a lot of headway, but to maintain our progress, we need to continue investing in our infrastructure and our clean water workforce. This way Americans never have to face a day without water!