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September 15th: “Imagine a Day Without Water”

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Pinellas County Utilities is joining with other water utilities from around the nation to Imagine a Day Without Water on Sept. 15. Pinellas County will highlight the uniqueness of the local water supply chain, which uses surface water, groundwater and saltwater.

Residents and visitors are invited to participate by sharing why they value water with the county on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #PinellasValuesWater.

Organized by the Value of Water Coalition, Imagine a Day Without Water is aimed at raising awareness about the crucial need for investment in the infrastructure that brings water to and from homes and businesses.

“Pinellas County Utilities is imagining a day without water to help remind our residents and visitors how precious this resource is,” said Randi Kim, director of Pinellas County Utilities. “Protecting and improving the quality of our water is not just a job, it’s a way of life.”

Public attention to infrastructure typically focuses on the things we see every day, like roads, bridges and tunnels. Yet the hidden network of pipes that reliably brings clean water to homes and businesses - and takes it away after it has been used - is actually more vast than the U.S. highway system. National Geographic estimates that the country’s 1.2 million miles of water mains translate to 26 miles of pipe for every mile of interstate highway.

“We're thrilled that Pinellas County Utilities is joining Imagine a Day Without Water. This national day of action is educating…about the essential role water plays in our lives,” said Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance and director of the Value of Water Coalition.