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Hundreds of organizations across the country will host events aimed at raising awareness.
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. (October 12, 2017)-- On October 12, 2017, the City of West Palm Beach will join 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 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.

“Fighting for safe, reliable water—including the source of the City’s water supply at Grassy Waters Everglades Preserve in West Palm Beach—remains a top priority for my administration and for me,” said West Palm Beach Mayor Jeri Muoio. “We didn’t think twice about lending support for the Imagine a Day without Water campaign, and we hope this day serves as a reminder of the importance of clean water and investment in water infrastructure.”

Recognizing that an investment in our drinking water and wastewater systems is essential to our national health, safety, and economic prosperity, the City of West Palm Beach will host a series of events to advocate for safe, reliable water. Mayor Muoio will issue a proclamation to recognize Imagine a Day without Water on October 12. Throughout the week of October 9, informational displays will be set up in the City Hall lobby and in the Mandel Public Library. Grassy Waters Preserve of West Palm Beach will also host a series of events which will include:

Guided Hike along Grassy Waters Preserve’s Cypress Boardwalk Trail
Date: Oct. 12-15
Ages: All
Cost: Free
Reservations: Required, call 804-4985. 
Kayak Expedition
Date: Saturday, Oct. 14; 9:30am-12:30pm
Ages: Must be 15 for solo kayak or 12 yrs. old in tandem with adult
Cost: $20 per person
Reservations: Required, call 804-4985. 
Marsh Critters Dip Netting
Date: Sunday, Oct. 15; 9:30am-11:00am
Ages: 5 and over
Cost: $10 per child, accompanying adults free
Reservations: Required, call 804-4985.

“We're thrilled that the City of West Palm Beach is a part of Imagine a Day without Water. This national day of action educates our neighbors and public officials about the essential role water plays in all of our lives, and the threat that aging and underfunded water infrastructure poses to our communities and economy” said Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance and Director of the Value of Water Campaign. “It is easy to take our water infrastructure for granted because it is often underground and out of sight. But, the systems that deliver water to and from our homes and businesses require reinvestment and upkeep just like roads and bridges. It is time to take action before we face a crisis.”

The nation’s water infrastructure is aging and in need of investment, having gone underfunded for decades. Drought, flooding, and climate change are stressing our water and wastewater systems. A single nationwide day without water service would put $43.5 billion of economic activity at risk. In just eight days, a national water service stoppage would put nearly 2 million jobs in jeopardy.  

While many of these challenges are regionally-specific and will require locally-driven solutions, reinvestment in our water must be a national priority. Imagine a Day without Water tells the stories of the challenges we face when our water infrastructure fails, but also of the innovative solutions being implemented in communities nationwide.

"The City of West Palm Beach went out for a $70 million bond earlier this year for infrastructure projects for water, waste water and storm water to show our firm commitment to providing the City's residents and visitors with quality and efficient service," said Poonam Kallkat, City of West Palm Beach Public Utilities Director.

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.