Imagine a Day Without Water
WSSC Hosts Two Interactive Public Education Events
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LAUREL, MD – September 15, 2016: Imagine a day without water. When you stop and think about it, it’s hard to truly fathom how you would function if water didn’t flow from the faucet.
Just about everything we do is tied to water. You need water to live. But the reality is, many of us take water for granted.
“Our customers turn on the tap and expect safe, clean and reliable water to flow,” said WSSC GM/CEO Carla Reid. “Whether it’s for their morning coffee, a shower, to flush the toilet, for the firefighters working to save a burning house or a dialysis patient to receive their lifesaving treatment, water is our most precious resource. Today is the perfect day to pause and think about how water touches just about every aspect of our lives.”
Life without water... it can happen and not just in a Third World country. Lead in the water in Flint, Michigan, the droughts in California and the flooding in West Virginia are all recent and devastating disasters that have forced people to go without water.
Take two minutes and check out this video that paints the picture of life without water if we don’t invest in our infrastructure.
The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) gives the failing grade of a D to the U.S. drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. ASCE estimates that $4.8 trillion needs to be invested in water infrastructure over the next 20 years.
That’s why WSSC, along with dozens of other organizations around the country is proudly taking part in the national event, “Imagine a Day Without Water.” WSSC is hosting a pair of fun, interactive public education events to get customers thinking about all the different ways they use water.
WSSC’s mascot, Willy Water and his friends will be at the Metro Shops in Hyattsville (near PG Plaza) at 2970 Belcrest Center Drive from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and then in downtown Silver Spring at 908 Ellsworth Drive (near the fountain and Lebanese Taverna Cafe) from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
WSSC General Manger/CEO Carla Reid has written a special letter to customers about Imagine a Day Without Water and WSSC has also developed an activity plan that was shared with elementary educators in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. The plan offers guidance for teachers to engage students in a discussion about water and the vital role that water and wastewater utilities play in our communities.
For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.