The City of Livermore’s Water Resources Division (WRD) has joined many water utilities, community leaders, and businesses in the third annual Imagine a Day Without Water being observed on Thursday, Oct. 12, a nationwide day of education and advocacy about the value of water. Led by the US Water Alliance, hundreds of organizations across the country will participate by raising awareness about the crucial need for investment in our nation’s water.Recognizing that an investment in our drinking water and wastewater systems is essential to our local health, safety, and economic prosperity, the WRD will be providing on-going public education and community outreach about its services, current and upcoming improvement projects as well as water conservation.
To kick off the campaign, WRD invites Livermore residents and even businesses to share stories of how they value water. Submissions can include photos, hand drawn pictures, videos, poems, songs, etc., which should be submitted via Facebook (@cityoflivermore) or email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, October 31. The winners with the most creative submission of how they value water will receive a gift pack from the WRD. WRD has also partnered with other Tri-Valley water agencies, such as the City of Pleasanton, Zone 7 Water Agency, Dublin San Ramon Services District and the California Water Service, to implement Tri-Valley Water 101, a public education campaign focused on water in the Tri-Valley area. The Tri-Valley Water 101 public education campaign will launch in November.
The problems that face our drinking water and wastewater systems are multi-faceted. The infrastructure is aging and in need of investment, having gone underfunded for decades. Drought, flooding, and climate change stress water and wastewater systems. Although these regional challenges will require locally-driven solutions, reinvestment in our water must be a national priority.Most Americans take the systems that bring clean water to and dirty water 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.