Can You Imagine?

Today, we Imagine a Day Without Water. It’s a day to pause and notice the way that water systems impact our lives and communities, and commit to ensuring a sustainable water future for generations to come. Water plays a vital role in not only our daily life and function but in protecting public health and safety. A day without water could be a public health and safety crisis. 

Not only should we think about the resource itself, but how does it get to us? Where does it go when we are done? The answer to this lies in our critical infrastructure -- water mains, pipes, catch basins, hydrants, and even our tunnels work 24/7 to keep the water flowing to and from homes and businesses. There are so many aspects of our access to clean water that go "out of sight, out of mind," but we have to remember the role they play in keeping us healthy and safe. When you have reliable water service, you don’t have to think twice about the infrastructure that brings water to your home or business, and then safely returns water to the environment – but we all should. 

    Continuing the Conversation

    We are engaging the community in this conversation in a variety of ways for 2020 including:

    • Regional messaging on the Value of Water to us and our communities.
    • The release of our new children's book, Wendy, Where Does Our Wastewater Go? Click here for details.
    • We will be conducting a virtual storytime Live on Instagram and Facebook on Friday, October 23 at 9:45 am and providing free copies of our book to some classrooms and students throughout the District of Columbia. DC educators can email  for a chance to win. 
    • We will also be conducting lectures to local universities and hosting virtual Q & A about sustainable careers in the industry in partnership with local high schools.

    Things to Think About

    What would your day be like if you couldn’t turn on the tap and get clean drinking water, or if you flushed the toilet and wastewater didn’t go anywhere? DC Water wants to ask that you take some time on Imagine A Day to consider the following:

    • Without water, we would be unable to take the necessary precautions to limit the spread of coronavirus. In communities with inadequate access to water and wastewater infrastructure, public health consequences have been dire.
    • Water infrastructure is aging and in need of repair or replacement. Many systems were built over a century ago.
    • As water systems age, disruptions will become more common. Pipe breaks have increased by 27% between 2012 and 2018, and are expected to increase by 600% in 20 years if we don’t increase investment in our systems. Water service disruptions are costly to utilities, customers, businesses, and the economy in general.

    For more information, visit the Value of Water Campaign here.