Today, Murfreesboro Water Resources (MWR) joined elected officials, water utilities, community leaders, educators, and businesses from across the country as part of the fifth annual Imagine a Day Without Water, a nationwide day of education and advocacy about the value of water. Led by the Value of Water Campaign, a thousand organizations across the country will raise awareness about not taking water for granted and the crucial need for investment in our nation’s water systems.
To draw attention to this cause, the Murfreesboro Water Resources Department Customer Service location, 300 NW Broad Street, will have popcorn and liquids (lemonade and H2O) in the lobby from noon to 2:00 p.m. Visitors can reflect upon the value of water as they watch our 2019 Imagine A Day Without Water messages in video format.
An investment in our drinking water and wastewater systems is essential to our national health, safety, environment, and economic prosperity. We realize the importance of the product we are entrusted with. Our goals are to protect our water supply sources, identify alternative water supplies, efficiently manage bio solids, expand our water reuse platforms and continue to form innovative and unique partnerships to manage storm water. We realize that there is no new water. We strive to educate our users on its values customers and provide affordable sustainable products.
Turning on the tap for clean, safe drinking water, and flushing the toilet with no second though about what happens to wastewater, are actions most Americans take for granted every day. But drought, flooding, and population changes are stressing our water and wastewater systems. While most Americans enjoy reliable water service, our nation’s water infrastructure is aging and in need of investment. A day without water service is a public health and an economic disaster: a single nationwide day without water service would put $43.5 billion in economic activity at risk. To draw attention to this cause, our 300 NW Broad Street location will have popcorn and liquids (lemonade and H2O) in our lobby from noon to 2:00 PM. Visitors can reflect upon the value of water as they watch our 2019 Imagine A Day Without Water messages in video format.
Murfreesboro joined Imagine a Day Without Water to draw attention to our growing customer base. People are relocating to our city and county daily placing an increased demand on traffic, schools as well as water and sanitary sewer. The city and county have open new schools, TDOT is working on widening critical thoroughfare like high way 99 to help with bottle necks to the west of Highway 24 East. Murfreesboro Water Resources has just completed expansion of our Water Resources Recovery Facility to manage the increase in sanitary sewer flows and made improvements to our Stones River Treatment plant.
“At Murfreesboro Water Resources we are taking strides in building a connected community of civic minded forwarding thinking leaders. Together with our citizens, non-profit organizations and business community are building a better Murfreesboro one drop at a time.” Says Sharon Seibert, Murfreesboro Water Resources Community Affairs Manager
“We're thrilled that MWR is a part of Imagine a Day Without Water. This national day of action educates our neighbors and public officials about the essential role water plays in all of our lives,” said Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance and Director of the Value of Water Campaign. “Most Americans have enjoyed clean, safe, reliable water service for very low costs for generations. But the infrastructure and service it takes to bring water to our homes and businesses and take it away is not free and can’t be taken for granted. We all need to educate ourselves about where our water comes from and the investment these critical systems need.”
Imagine a Day Without Water is an opportunity for diverse organizations, from environmental advocates to coffee shops, aquariums to car washes, city halls to water utilities, to talk about what water is important to them. Over the past five years, it has provided a platform for educating the public and advocating for leaders to prioritize investing in water today, so in the future no American will have to imagine a day without water. Learn more at www.imagineadaywithoutwater.org and follow the conversation on social media at #ValueWater.
Imagine a Day Without Water began in 2015 as a project of The Value of Water Campaign. In 2018, more than 1,000 organizations signed up to participate in the annual day of advocacy and education.
The Value of Water Campaign educates and inspires the nation about how water is essential, invaluable, and in need of investment. Spearheaded by top leaders in the water industry, the Value of Water Campaign is building public and political will for investment in America's water infrastructure. Follow the Value of Water Campaign on Twitter and Facebook.