On October 12th, the Valley Sanitation District joined 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. This day seeks to raise awareness of the problems facing our drinking water and wastewater systems. The infrastructure is aging and in need of investment, having gone underfunded for decades. Although these regional challenges will require locally-driven solutions, reinvestment in our water must be a national priority.
Most Americans take the water systems that bring clean water to and from their homes and businesses for granted. They turn on the tap and flush the toilet without thinking twice about where that water came from or where it will go.
But could you imagine a day without water? Without safe, reliable water and wastewater service?
A day without water means no water comes out of your tap to brush your teeth. When you flush the toilet, nothing happens. Firefighters have no water to put out fires; farmers couldn’t water their crops; and doctors couldn’t wash their hands. 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.
A day without water is nothing short of a humanitarian, political, and economic crisis.
This is something for all District residents to be thinking about as the District moves forward with the Interceptor Relocation Project. The upcoming election on November 7 will include a ballot question (Issue 4A) regarding how to fund this project. All registered voters within the District’s service boundaries are encouraged to read the mailed TABOR notice and educate themselves before voting.
More information on this project can be found online at the District’s webpage: www.colorado.gov/valleysanitation.
Valley Sanitation District is located in Arapahoe and Denver Counties in the State of Colorado. The District, a political subdivision of the State of Colorado, is a Special District organized and created pursuant to the laws of the State of Colorado by decree of the District Court in Arapahoe County on August 10, 1955. It is a quasi-municipal corporation with the right to levy property taxes. The boundaries of the District encompass approximately 1.3 square miles located within the cities of Littleton, Englewood, Denver and Sheridan.