Can you imagine waking up tomorrow with no water to drink, make coffee, shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry? Without water, firefighters couldn’t put out fires and farmers couldn’t water their crops. Imagine a Day Without Water, held annually on Sept. 15th, is an opportunity to raise awareness and educate residents about the value of water.
“Most people can take for granted that when the turn on the tap, or flush the toilet, water systems function exactly as they are supposed to,” said Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance and Director of the Value of Water Coalition. “But the systems that provide critical water and wastewater services are aging, and we need to take action before it gets worse. Because a day without water is nothing short of a crisis.”
With that in mind, Beaver Water District (BWD) and other Northwest Arkansas organizations are urging folks to get involved and be a part of this awareness-raising event.
“This is BWD’s second year to join in this national day of action by conducting a social media campaign,” said Amy Wilson, Director of Public Affairs for BWD. “We’re simply asking our staff and the public to snap selfies drinking water from the tap in a reusable cup, glass or bottle and post the photo to their social media accounts with the hashtag #ValueWater & #ValueWaterAR. It’s easy!”
The Arkansas element comes in via the Arkansas Water Environment Association (AWEA), which is asking Arkansans to add an additional “Arkansas-specific” hashtag — #ValueWaterAR — to social media posts to track Arkansas participation, said Jane Hurley of Central Arkansas Water, a member of AWEA.
Other events occurring this week in Arkansas include the Northwest District monthly meeting of the Arkansas Water Works & Water Environment Association in Springdale on Wednesday (Sept. 14) at the John Powell Senior Center Annex, at 610 East Grove Avenue. Mayor Doug Sprouse of Springdale will open the meeting at 8:30 a.m. by reading a proclamation declared by the City of Springdale.
There will also be several presentations throughout the day regarding water & wastewater training, as well as presentation on “Imagine a Day Without Water,” presented by Hurley. Contact Jennifer Enos with the Springdale Water Utility Department at (479) 756-3657 with additional questions regarding this event.
On Thursday (Sept. 15), the City of Fayetteville and CH2M will hold an Open House at their West Side Water Recourse Recovery Facility. This event is free the public. Tours will be available from 2 to 5 p.m. at 15 S Broyles Ave, Fayetteville. Contact Michelle Strange with CH2M at (479) 443-3292 for information. Also, on Thursday, Mayor Lioneld Jordan of Fayetteville will read a proclamation to the public on the Fayetteville Square at during the Farmers Market. Additionally, the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce is promoting this event to all its members asking them to create their own events.