It's as simple as turning on the tap. For the 1.7 million residents of Hampton Roads, healthy and reliable drinking water is part of our daily lives. One of our most reliable public services, it keeps our crops growing, schools running, businesses open and military bases operation-ready, allowing us to go about our daily routines without a second thought.
But do you really understand where our water comes from, where it goes and what life would be like without it? A broken water system can be devastating. No water for coffee or a morning shower. Forget about brushing your teeth, flushing the commode or filling your dog's water bowl. And that is just residential use. Commercial enterprises, from hotels to hospitals, factories to power plants, carwashes to aquariums, need water, too.
On Oct. 12, municipalities in Hampton Roads will join other groups across the country to recognize "Imagine a Day Without Water," addressing the importance of maintaining the underground water and wastewater systems that bring a steady flow of water to and from residents, businesses, schools, hospitals and emergency outlets. We invite you to join askHRgreen.org and the HRPDC Regional Directors of Utilities Committee in this effort by:
Taking the Challenge
Give up one activity on Oct. 12th that involves water and see what it's like to go without. It can be a reminder of how lucky we are to get water so easily.
Joining the Discussion
Discuss the importance of our region's ongoing investment in this critical infrastructure by joining the conversation at Facebook.com/askHRgreen.
Helping Someone Out
Go to www.shareH2o.org and consider a gift to the Help 2 Others (H2O) Program, a local 501(c)3 organization that assists families in danger of losing residential water service because of an unexpected crisis.
Making an Investment
Supporting the effort that ensures our region's public health, safety and economic vitality is one that should be maintained. It's hard to imagine living without it.