City of Raleigh to Support Annual Imagine a Day Without Water Campaign

News posted Oct. 10, 2017 - 2:00 pm

For the third year, the City of Raleigh Public Utilities Department will participate in the national advocacy and educational event, Imagine a Day Without Water. This year's event will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, October 12, at Exchange Plaza in downtown Raleigh. The community event will feature valuable information, games, prizes and opportunities to meet the department’s mascots.

Many people take water service for granted. Clean, safe, reliable, and affordable water comes out of the tap and flows down the drain without a second thought. But the mostly underground, massive infrastructure, that brings and treats water to and from homes and businesses, is aging.

A water line breaks somewhere in the U.S. every two minutes. Most pipes have an average life expectancy of 50 years, but in many major cities, water pipes are more than 100 years old. Communities cannot afford to go a day without water if those systems reach their breaking points.

“We are thrilled that the City of Raleigh is joining Imagine a Day Without Water. The truth is, of course, we can’t go a day without water. For homes, that would mean no water to take a shower, make coffee, clean, do laundry, or flush the toilet. For businesses from restaurants to manufacturing plants, water is essential to daily operations,” said Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance and Director of the Value of Water Coalition. “It is easy to take our water infrastructure for granted because it is often underground and out of sight. But, the systems that deliver water to and from our homes and businesses require reinvestment and upkeep just like roads and bridges. It is time to take action before we face a crisis."

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