District News Articles

  1. 10/17/2017 Recent Recognition of "Imagine a Day Without Water"
  2. Most Americans take the water systems that bring clean water to and from their homes and businesses for granted. They turn on the tap and flush the toilet without thinking twice about where that water came from or where it will go. 

    But could you imagine a day without water? Without safe, reliable water and wastewater service?

    A day without water means no water comes out of your tap to brush your teeth. When you flush the toilet, nothing happens. Firefighters have no water to put out fires; farmers couldn’t water their crops; and doctors couldn’t wash their hands. A single nationwide day without water service would put $43.5 billion of economic activity at risk. In just eight days, a national water service stoppage would put nearly 2 million jobs in jeopardy. 

    A day without water is nothing short of a humanitarian, political, and economic crisis.

    On October 12, the District recognized the national “Imagine a Day Without Water.” This day seeks to raise awareness of the problems facing our drinking water and wastewater systems. The infrastructure is aging and in need of investment, having gone underfunded for decades. Although these regional challenges will require locally-driven solutions, reinvestment in our water must be a national priority.

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