No water to drink or make coffee. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry. Firefighters couldn’t put out fires and farmers couldn’t water their crops.
Springfield Water and Sewer Commission is joining together with organizations from across the country in the national advocacy and educational event, Imagine a Day Without Water. The campaign seeks to educate people about how water is essential, the challenges water and wastewater systems face, and the need for investment in infrastructure. To learn more about this campaign, visit imagineadaywithoutwater.org.
Water in Essential
Water is essential for everything we do in life. Every community, every person, every business relies on it. Having access to clean drinking water and wastewater services is vital for public health and safety, environmental protection, economic development, and quality of life.
Water Systems Across the Country Need Investment
As is the case in many cities and towns across the country, parts of the water and sewer infrastructure in the City of Springfield date back to the late 1800s. The pipes are aging and in some cases, are in need of repair and replacement. The Commission has invested $231 million to renew and upgrade infrastructure over the last ten years, and plans to invest another $95 million over the next three years.
There is a significant funding gap for needed investments to water and wastewater systems across the country. In Massachusetts, the Water Infrastructure Finance Commission estimated the gap in water and wastewater investments over the next 20 years at $21.4 billion. This does not include needed investments to the Commonwealth’s stormwater systems.
What Can You Do to Help?
Support water utilities in their efforts to upgrade infrastructure.