(Kansas City, Mo.) – Today, KC Water joins elected officials, water utilities, community leaders, and businesses participating in the third annual Imagine a Day Without Water, a nationwide day of education and advocacy about the value of water. Led by the Value of Water Campaign, hundreds of organizations across the country will host events today aimed at raising 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.
KC Water asked local brewers, barbecue restaurant owners, Sporting Kansas City players, hospital workers, baristas, and a conservation group to “Imagine a Day Without Water.”
Here’s what they said:
- Sporting Kansas City
- Local barbecue restaurants Plowboys Barbeque, B.B.’s Lawnside BBQ
- Hospitals Saint Luke’s Medical Center, Truman Medical Center
- Local brewers Stockyards Brewing, Homebrewer David Schumacher
- Heartland Conservation Alliance
- Coffee shops Crow’s Coffee, Blip Roasters, Mildred’s Coffeehouse
“Safe and reliable drinking water is an essential part of a healthy community and a resource we often take for granted,” said KC Water Director Terry Leeds. “While we often overlook the treatment plant, pump stations, and more than 2,800 miles of underground pipe that deliver water right to our taps, this is an intricate system that makes almost everything we do possible. This week is an important time to remember the vital role water plays in our daily lives.”
Despite the vast challenges facing American water infrastructure, the good news is that there is great opportunity in investment. A study conducted by the Value of Water Campaign has found that there is over $220 billion in economic activity to be gained nationwide by closing the water infrastructure investment gap. The American public is already widely supportive of implementing these needed investments. Above any other pressing political issue, Americans name rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure as the issue they most want our elected officials to address.
More information about Imagine a Day Without Water can be found here.
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 Value of Water Campaign is building public and political will for investment in America’s water infrastructure.
For more information, please contact Brooke Givens, Media Relations Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816.513.0284.
KC Water maintains and operates water treatment and distribution systems, stormwater management systems, and wastewater collection and treatment systems for residential and business customers in Kansas City and for wholesale customers in the Kansas City area. KC Water is primarily funded by fees charged to customers based on their use or impacts on the three utility systems.