October 20, 2020 — “Imagine a Day Without Water” Observed Oct. 21 in Northwest Arkansas & Nation

Imagine waking up one morning and turning on the faucet, but nothing comes out. The day might get off to a rocky start, right?

In reality, most people take clean, safe water for granted. To counter that attitude and change behaviors, a coalition of water leaders dreamed up Imagine a Day Without Water (IADWW). This national education campaign brings together diverse stakeholders to highlight how water is essential, invaluable, and in need of investment. This year, the day of action will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020.

Beaver Water District (BWD), which supplies clean drinking water, sourced from Beaver Lake, for distribution by its four customer cities, encourages everyone to link to imagineadaywithoutwater.org and celebrate water beginning today. Express yourself by posting photos, videos, memes and other creative material to social media. Include the hashtag #ValueWater. To kick things off, take a moment to visit social media links and view video clips created by several of our local participants this year.

Watch Mayor Lioneld Jordan issue a proclamation declaring Oct. 21 “Imagine a Day Without Water” in the city of Fayetteville. He’s joined by others who pre-recorded video messages about the value of water, including Fayetteville City Council Member Mark Kinion, who serves as chair of the city’s the Water, Sewer and Solid Waste Committee; Andrew Blann, Manager of Fossil Cove Brewing Company; Lane Crider, CEO of BWD; and Adam Higinbothom, Manager of Pack Rat Outdoor Center.

These local partners represent a mere handful of the elected officials, water utilities, community leaders, and businesses throughout the United States who participate each year in the Imagine a Day Without Water observance. Led by the Value of Water Campaign (thevalueofwater.org), hundreds of organizations across the country will participate to raise awareness about the crucial need for investment in our nation’s water infrastructure to ensure that no American community is left without safe and reliable water.

“I look forward to this observance every year. In the past four years, we’ve been able to co-host a fun in-person water trivia night with Fossil Cove. A large group gathering was not an option this year with the ongoing pandemic. Instead, we decided to reach out and get some local participation to kickstart the observance.

“A majority of folks don’t know where their drinking water comes from or why they should care. In the United States (U.S.), we tend to just expect clean, safe water to flow out of our faucets every time we turn them on. Northwest Arkansas is fortunate to have an abundant supply of good quality water in Beaver Lake/Reservoir. But moderate to extreme water shortages are becoming regular occurrences and days without water are a reality for a growing number of people around the world today, including places in the U.S. Contributing factors are changing weather patterns combined with increasing demand for water and  negative impacts of a global human population that has expanded in the last 100 years from about 1.9 billion to almost 8 billion. Earth’s water is essential for life and access to safe water is a fundamental human need. We are all on this ‘Spaceship Earth’ together. I invite you to share your story on the value of water and join the effort to protect water resources on ‘Imagine A Day Without Water.’ Let’s make every day a day of action for people and the planet.” — Dot Neely, Beaver Water District’s Education Coordinator, leads BWD’s IADWW effort every year. Neely is a pro when it comes to water, having worked for Beaver Water District as a consultant and then a fulltime staff person for more than a decade.

The Value of Water Campaign educates and inspires the nation about how water is essential, invaluable, and in need of investment. Spearheaded by top leaders in the water industry, the purpose is to build public and political will for investment in America’s water infrastructure. For ideas and more information, contact Neely at education@bwdh2o.org or Abigail Gardner, Value of Water Campaign Communications Director, at agardner@thevalueofwater.org.

Link here to view BWD CEO Lane Crider’s Media Moment. https://youtu.be/hC8pa9XY0RM