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Amusing Monday: What would your day be like without water?

Wednesday of this week is a national day of action in which people are asked to “Imagine a Day Without Water.” The annual event was launched in 2015 to increase appreciation for the water we enjoy in our everyday lives.

It’s a serious subject, but one that can be approached with a sense of humor, as you can see from the videos I’ve tracked down.

In the event’s initial year, participants included nearly 200 organizations, from water and wastewater providers to public officials, business leaders, environmental organizations, schools and more.

City councils passed resolutions; water and wastewater utilities offered tours; and school teachers asked their students to find ways they could imagine a day without water. The initial event was declared a success, and by last year the number of participants had grown to 750 organizations.

I didn’t attempt to count the number of participants who have signed up so far this year — the fourth year of the event — but the list is long and still growing. Check out the list of those involved on the participant webpage, or join the celebration by filling out a form on the sign-up webpage.

“Imagine a Day Without Water” is affiliated with the Value of Water Campaign and the US Water Alliance, which was formed to advance policies and programs for a sustainable future with water.

A recent survey (PDF 2 mb) conducted for the Value of Water Campaign found that nearly nine in ten Americans support increasing federal funding for water infrastructure, including piping networks, water storage systems and treatment plants. Other reports and fact sheets can be found on the resource webpage of the Value of Water Campaign.

The videos on this page get right to the heart of the issue when it comes to the things we value in our everyday use of water. I have a hard time getting off to a good start in the morning without a shower, and it should come as no surprise that I am enjoying a cup of coffee as I write these lines.

On the serious side, you might not want to know what happens to your body if you don’t drink water for seven days. It isn’t very pleasant, but you can check out the video on the Bright Side Channel. An average person drinks about 264 gallons of water a year, according to the video, but the physiological effects begin in the first day without water.

A video by the US Water Alliance outlines some of the major water issues facing this country.

Beginning in 2016, the water utility in Kansas City, Mo., started asking individuals involved in public and private enterprises about their use of water. Their answers provide an interesting and informative mosaic about what Kansas City would lose if it didn’t have water:

Puget Sound and other estuaries are facing the federal chopping block

Federal funding to restore Puget Sound and other large U.S. estuaries would be slashed by more than 90 percent under a preliminary budget proposal coming from President Trump’s administration.

Funding for Puget Sound restoration would be cut by 93 percent, from the current budget of $28 million to just $2 million, according to figures cited by the Portland Oregonian and apparently circulated by the National Association of Clean Air Agencies. Here’s the list.

The Great Lakes, which received a big boost in spending to $300 million in the current biennium, would be hammered down to $10 million. Chesapeake Bay, currently at $73 million, would be reduced to $5 million.

Much of this money goes for habitat protection and restoration, the kind of effort that seems to be kicked to the bottom of the priority list, at least in these early budget figures. The new EPA administrator, Scott Pruitt, appears to be focusing on upgrading water infrastructure, cleaning up toxic sites and reducing air and water pollution, although everything is cut deeply and details remain murky.

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Kitsap leader hopes film will launch water discussion

An award-winning film, “Liquid Assets: The Story of Our Water Infrastructure,” could be a “catalyst for community discussions about local water infrastructure and other important civic issues,” according to Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido.

The film, produced last year by the WPSU-TV, is scheduled to be shown on BKAT, Kitsap County’s community access channel. It is currently scheduled to be shown on four different days beginning Sept. 30.

Kitsap County has set up a special page to comment on the film and local water infrastructure.

Here’s what Charlotte says about the film in a written statement:

“We’re very pleased to be able to present this award-winning documentary on local cable television in Kitsap County. It tells the story of essential infrastructure systems: drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater and provides a catalyst for ongoing discussions about local water infrastructure and other important civic issues. I hope you’ll watch and then help develop solutions that protect our water resources.”

She also said this in a statement:

“We are facing some very difficult decisions on how to protect and maintain infrastructure in Kitsap County. We’re interested in hearing thoughts and ideas from local residents as we continue the long-range planning to ensure viable water resources in the future.”

A four-minute trailer for the film can be viewed above at right. If you’d like to share a comment about water issues with county officials, click here, and feel free to share your thoughts on this blog as well.

To read more about the film, visit the “Liquid Assets” Web site set up by Pennsylvania State University, the home of WPSU.

The film was shown last fall on Seattle’s public television station KCTS, so some of you may have seen it then. Here the schedule for BKAT (Channel 12 on Comcast and Channel 3 on Wave Cable).

  • Wednesday, Sept. 30, 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m.
  • Friday, Oct. 9, 3:30 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 12, 10 p.m.