Stafford County Joins Ninth Annual "Imagine a Day Without Water"

Today, Stafford County joins elected officials, water utilities, community leaders, educators, and businesses from across the country as part of the ninth annual “Imagine a Day Without Water,” a nationwide day of education and advocacy about the value of water. Led by the US Water Alliance’s Value of Water Campaign, over a thousand organizations across the country will join Imagine a Day Without Water on October 19, 2023, to raise awareness about the role of water in our lives and the importance of investing in water and the people behind these systems. This year’s event will highlight the significance of water in daily life and inspire curiosity about the people, infrastructure, and funding that keep the water running in our communities.

“Raising awareness about the state of water infrastructure is a crucial step to ensuring water systems keep flowing for generations to come,” says Oluwole (OJ) McFoy, Board Chair of the US Water Alliance. “Even though we cannot see the pipes and sewers beneath our feet, water cannot be taken for granted. High-quality water service is a critical part of every thriving community. Today, we encourage everyone to take a minute to learn more about their local water system, where their drinking water comes from, and where their wastewater goes.”

Imagine a Day Without Water asks Americans to think about what it would mean to go without water for a day. Two million Americans are currently living without access to clean water and sanitation services. The hard-working men and women at Stafford County Utilities work through holidays and extreme weather, twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, so that we never have to imagine going without water. “The Utilities department works around the clock to ensure the availability of clean drinking water and safe and reliable sewer services for our customers,” said Stafford County Director of Utilities Chris Edwards. “Our staff takes pride in their work and strives for excellence in all that they do.”

Without water, people cannot bathe, prepare meals, wash clothes, flush toilets, or fill a glass with clean drinking water from the tap. In addition, the fire department would not be able to fight fires, resulting in loss of property and possibly lives. Recreation and exercise in pools would not be possible. Hundreds of industries also depend on water such as restaurants, hospitals, farms and breweries. There are countless ways that we use water each and every day, and it plays a vital role in our lives. Stafford County Utilities makes sure that we receive high-quality water every time we turn on our tap.