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Apr 24, 2020

The Value of Water

What does water mean to you?

Is it a cold, quenching drink when you’re thirsty? Is it your morning cup of coffee? A hot shower?

Most of us take water for granted; for the 1.7 million residents of Hampton Roads, access to clean, reliable tap water is as simple as turning on the tap.

Water is valuable.

For more than 40 years, the American Water Works Association has celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique opportunity for water professionals and the communities they serve to join together to recognize the vital role water plays in our lives.

This year, Drinking Water Week is May 5-11, and we invite you to celebrate with! Raise a glass of water and let’s all toast… To water!

What keeps water flowing?

But it’s more than water, it’s also the people needed to operate and maintain these systems, as well as the often unseen network of pipes and equipment that carry water to and from our homes.

Beneath our cities, there is a vast infrastructure — more than 6,500 miles of water distribution pipeline and 5,800 miles of sanitary sewer lines throughout Hampton Roads.

These systems, and the people who maintain them, work silently and reliably to keep the water flowing. Because they are out of sight, we often take them for granted, but their proper maintenance is essential.

As our water and sewer pipes age, it’s important that municipalities plan ahead to upgrade and replace this critical infrastructure.

Throughout Hampton Roads, our citizens can currently see the return on their investments with ongoing water and sanitary sewer construction projects.

Although many of these systems were built to last many decades, it’s important to keep up the momentum as communities grow and pipes approach the end of their expected serviceability.

We can rely on these public services.

Inside your home, water allows you to eat and drink and cook and clean.

Outside your home, think about water does for our community. For our firefighters, it gives them the ability to keep us safe. Other businesses, such as small, independently-owned coffee shops and breweries in Hampton Roads, rely on tap water every day. In fact, water makes up 95 to 99 percent of every cup of coffee they pour or beer they craft.

The reality is, water and wastewater services are some of the most reliable public services and we depend on these systems for growing our food, running our schools and hospitals, and fueling the economy and local entrepreneurship.

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