In early 2014, North America witnessed one of its most extreme winter seasons in history. Low temperature records were broken throughout most of the U.S., including Jerseyville, a rural community (near St. Louis) where I was living at the time.
I came home from work to a burst water pipe. Until that moment, I did not realize how important water was to ensure a minimum standard of living. I no longer could shower, nor could I flush my toilet, wash my hands or clean dishes. I gave the water I had in a glass sitting on my desk to my cat, and called my landlord about the problem. The next morning, my boss graciously let me come to his house to get ready for work. My water was fixed one day later.
I will not forget the importance of water because of that. Today, companies throughout our industry are sending a similar message during Imagine a Day Without Water. This industry-wide initiative aims to bring the issue further into the public eye and encourage more than just discourse on water problems in the U.S.
It does not take much to take part in this event, and we encourage you to do so. Make a post on social media with a story about when you did not have water for a day, suggest the local city council approve a resolution of support for the initiative or host an educational event. Let your voice be known.
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