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Petition Asks Lawmakers for Safer Water, Infrastructure

An online petition asks national leaders to keep the country's water clean and improve our water and sewer infrastructure. (maryland.gov)
An online petition asks national leaders to keep the country's water clean and improve our water and sewer infrastructure. (maryland.gov)
September 19, 2016

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Imagine going an entire day without water. That's the idea behind a campaign with the goal of getting people to realize the importance of conserving water and keeping it clean.

The campaign includes an online petition, asking national leaders to heed those requests and make the necessary repairs to water and sewer systems. Radhika Fox, CEO of the U.S. Water Alliance and director at the Value of Water Coalition, said most Americans are able to take water for granted. They can turn on the tap and have clean water, or flush the toilet and not think about it.

"The infrastructure is out of sight and it's out of mind,” Fox said. "You see that rusting bridge; you might see that pothole that's in your neighborhood, but you don't see that aging and failing water main or sewer pipe underneath your feet."

Communities across the country have to take action, Fox said. On Friday, the Maryland Board of Public Works approved more than $22 million in grants and loans to reduce pollution, improve water quality and provide safe drinking water around the Chesapeake Bay.

According to Fox, the average American uses 176 gallons of water per day, and more than 1.7 trillion gallons of water is lost each year because of leaky pipes.

"This infrastructure is old. Many communities have systems that were built nearly a century ago,” Fox said. “And so we see things, for example, like a water main breaking every two minutes in America. Now is the time to invest."

The Imagine a Day Without Water campaign will be collecting signatures until the inauguration of the next U.S President. The petition is online at imagineadaywithoutwater.org.

Veronica Carter, Public News Service - MD