Each year on October 23, we take some time to think about what our lives would be like without water. Imagine a Day Without Water is an annual observance organized by The Value of Water Campaign, a group that educates and inspires people about the value of water and the need to invest in water infrastructure and water resources. This is something we can definitely get behind!
In honor of Imagine a Day Without Water, we wanted to share just three (of the many) things that would be impacted if we didn’t have access to water.
1) Firefighters Couldn’t Do Their Jobs – Without access to a water source, firefighters would not be able to extinguish fires, which could mean catastrophic damage and loss of life. Some parts of the country already deal with concerns like these, especially in times of drought. However, most people don’t consider this potential ripple effect if we were to lose access to water, even for one day.
2) Hospitals Wouldn’t Be Safe – Think about it: you need access to clean water in order to sterilize surgical instruments, clean wounds, sanitize the operating rooms, bathe patients, wash hands, prepare food, etc. If even one of these things cannot be done, the hospitals will quickly become unsafe and people’s lives would be put in immediate risk, especially if they require surgery.
3) The Economy Would Suffer – It’s hard to believe that losing water for just one day would impact the economy, but according to a report by The Value of Water, a single day without water service would cost US businesses between $230 to $5800 in sales per employee, or approximately $43.5 billion dollars nationwide. That’s because without water, production would come to a complete stop in many industries, like hotels, food service, universities, hospitals, etc.
Water is something we all take for granted. Even though there are people in parts of our country today that struggle to get consistent access to safe drinking water, we still haven’t fully appreciated the value that clean water adds to our lives.