The Groveland Water and Sewer Department invites the community to take part in “Imagine a Day Without Water 2021” on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, designed to raise awareness about the importance of maintaining a clean and healthy water supply.
“Imagine a Day Without Water” asks the public to consider what life would be like if the water supply was cut short, and to consider the need for investing in the nation’s critical water infrastructure.
“We ask residents to think about all the parts of their day that involve water, from their coffee in the morning to laundry at night,” Superintendent Colin Stokes said. “These small things require a secure infrastructure and dedicated professionals.”
The Department and Superintendent Stokes invite the public to contact them with questions about water quality, treatment techniques, or infrastructure plans.
There are many projects in the queue to help improve water quality and quantity in Groveland.
The Water Department is currently undertaking a water main replacement project on Union and Chestnut Streets. The existing water main dates back to 1920. During the last year we have been drilling test wells in search of a water source with lower iron and manganese. Iron and manganese are naturally occurring minerals that cause the discolored water that some residents experience at times.
Groveland also received a grant of $34,400, which funded a feasibility study to construct a water treatment/filtrationfacility for Groveland. This facility would filter our water and remove iron and manganese, which Groveland currently does not have the capability to do.
Interested residents may call during 978-556-7200 during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Learn more about water quality and safety at www.thevalueofwater.org.
Imagine a Day Without Water 2021
Today, we Imagine a Day Without Water. It’s a day to learn where your water comes from and where it goes.
- Turn on the tap, and clean water flows out. Flush the toilet, and dirty water goes away.
- When you have reliable water service, you don’t have to think about the infrastructure that brings water to your home or business and returns it safely to the environment – but we should because it needs to be updated or we risk falling further behind.
- On Imagine a Day Without Water, we ask everyone to consider what their day would be like if they couldn’t turn on the tap and get clean drinking water, or if you flushed the toilet and wastewater didn’t go anywhere. What would that day be like?
Water infrastructure is the lifeline of our communities.
- A day without water means firefighters can’t do their jobs, hospitals can’t function, and no one can bathe themselves or their children. Water infrastructure is vital to every household and community.
- Most water systems are more than a century old. As water infrastructure ages and deteriorates, street flooding, water service disruptions, and damage increase, and it needs replacement. Each day, a water main breaks every two minutes.
- Parts of Groveland’s infrastructure dates back to 1920. The age of parts of our infrastructure as well as our elevated levels of iron and manganese are what cause discolored water for water customers.
- Extreme weather events and climate events, such as droughts, hurricanes, storms, flooding, and wildfires are happening more often and are intensifying due to climate change. These disasters overwhelm our aging water infrastructure and can leave communities without reliable access to safe water and wastewater services for days, weeks or months.
- Communities need jobs, and families need an income. If the US closes the water infrastructure investment gap, the GDP will grow by $4.5 trillion in 20 years, creating hundreds of thousands of new jobs and raising the household disposable income by more than $2,000 per household.
- There are two million Americans living without safe and reliable water and wastewater services, often relying on bottled water, and potentially living in unsafe and unsanitary conditions. They deserve better.
Strong leadership for water is key to securing our future.
- Imagine a Day Without Water is an opportunity to share why water is important to you, your business, your community.
- According to the 2021 Annual Value of Water Index, the highest federal priority for voters was ensuring a reliable water supply. We can help secure a better future for the millions of Americans who don’t have reliable water service today and the generations to come.
- The 2021 Annual Value of Water Index found water to be a bipartisan issue. Americans across all demographics strongly support water infrastructure investment. Together, we can speak with one voice and ask public officials to take responsibility for our water today and tomorrow.
The call to action: Imagine a Day Without Water is a chance to learn more about your water.
The systems that deliver water to homes and businesses are vital but often out of sight. Imagine a Day Without Water is an opportunity to learn about your water. Where does it come from? Where does it go after you use it? Are your local water utilities or providers face challenges like an aging system, drought, floods, pollution, or other problems?