Miami-Dade Water and Sewer joins Imagine a Day Without Water campaign
The Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) has partnered with the Value of Water Coalition by participating in the national advocacy and educational event, Imagine a Day Without Water. On October 6-8, 2015 organizations, government officials, water utilities, environmental advocates, and more are joining together to educate people about how water is essential, the challenges facing water and wastewater systems, and the need for infrastructure investment. WASD will be taking to social media via Facebook and Twitter, to provide information on the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) which will invest approximately $13.5 billion to enhance and upgrade WASD’s infrastructure utilizing state-of-the-art technology.
Clean, safe, reliable, and affordable water comes out of the faucet and flows down the drain without a second thought. However, the massive underground infrastructure, which brings water to homes and businesses, is aging. A water main breaks somewhere in the U.S. every two minutes and most pipes have an average life expectancy of 50 years. In many metropolitan areas, including Miami-Dade County, 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 welcome the opportunity to join the Imagine a Day Without Water campaign. The truth is, we can’t go a day without water and we shouldn’t have to. 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 WASD Director Lester Sola.
During Imagine a Day Without Water, participants are speaking with one voice across the nation about how water is essential, invaluable, and needs investment. To join the conversation on social media use the hash tag #ValueWater. For more information on the national campaign visit http://imagineadaywithoutwater.org/