Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2019
The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission passed a resolution at its monthly meeting on Oct. 14 encouraging all citizens and businesses to observe “Imagine a Day Without Water” on Wednesday, Oct. 23.
The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utilities Department is participating in this nationwide day of education and advocacy about the value of water with school field trips and a water treatment plant tour. The proclamation and event flyers can be viewed at utilities.cityofws.org.
Most people take water for granted when they turn on the faucet or flush the toilet. Increasingly, however, drought, flooding, and population changes are stressing water and wastewater systems across the nation. A day without water service would present a public health and economic disaster. A single day without water service would put $43.5 billion in economic activity at risk across the country.
Our region is fortunate to have an abundant supply of water from the Yadkin River and Salem Lake. That raw water is processed at three WSFC Utilities water treatment plants to meet or surpass all state and federal drinking water requirements. Wastewater is treated at one of two plants and then returned to the river cleaner than when it was drawn from the source.
WSFC Utilities is committed to safeguarding public health and the environment and has never violated a primary drinking water standard. The annual water quality report is available at utilities.cityofws.org.
For more information, call City Link 311 or 336-727-8000, visit imagineadaywithoutwater.org, view a 30-second PSA at https://youtu.be/fYnqtYTFYDI and follow the conversation on social media at #ValueWater.