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Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department asks you to "Imagine a Day Without Water"

MIAMI (September 29, 2017)

Have you ever considered how much water impacts your life each day just in the first hour after you wake up? As you rush to get ready for work or school, what if you tried to take a shower, brush your teeth, flush a toilet or make that vital cup of coffee, but you couldn’t because no water came out of a faucet, a showerhead or a toilet tank?

Because safe, reliable drinking water and wastewater removal is essential for the public’s health as well as a significant economic engine nationwide, the Value of Water Campaign along with the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department (WASD) has asked the public to “Imagine Day without Water” on October 12th.

Some of the important things to consider on that date, as well as every other day of the year include:

• The US needs to invest an additional $82 billion per year in water infrastructure at all levels of government during the next 10 years to meet projected capital needs, according to a 2016 assessment by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).
• If the estimated investment gap were closed, it would result in more than $220 billion in total annual economic activity to the country. These investments would generate and sustain approximately 1.3 million jobs during the 10-year period.
• The number of jobs supported annually by funding the water infrastructure gap is greater than the employed workforce in sixteen states.
• One day of nationwide water service disruptions equates to $43.5 billion in daily economic activity lost.

WASD is doing their part – the department is in the fourth year of a 15-20-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP) – the largest in Miami-Dade County history that will create 16,470 new jobs during the first 10 years of the program. It will increase service capacity supporting more businesses to open in the community and improve the reliability and sustainability of the water and sewer system. During the first decade alone, $24.9 billion will be generated in positive economic output within the County.

The department is also committed to sharing this message with the County’s high school community by sponsoring its second Imagine a Day without Water Public Service Announcement that encourages students to create a short film that illustrates what having no water would mean. To get more information about the contest and to watch last year’s winning submissions, visit the contest web page.

It is the priority of the Miami-Dade Water and Sewer Department to provide safe, reliable service to its customers. For additional information about Department services and programs, visit the department’s website.