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Imagine a Day Without Water


How often do you stop to think about the value of our water, or imagine a day without water?

wetland in southeast Portland  green street on a rainy day  scientists monitoring stream conditions 

That’s not just a question about drinking water, but also water in our rivers and streams for fish, wildlife, irrigation, recreation, energy production and many other uses. 


Imagine a Day Without Water graphic

This week, utility agencies and other organizations across the country are asking people to imagine a day without water.  Then, think about how much you value our water infrastructure – for both our drinking water (from the great team at the Portland Water Bureau) and our wastewater and stormwater.  Different systems manage these waters, but ultimately, it’s all part of the same water cycle. 


Environmental Services’ Jane Bacchieri and the Willamette Partnership’s Carrie Sanneman reflected on water of all types, and why we should care even here in rainy Portland, on the Willamette Partnership blog:

canoeing on the Columbia Slough  culvert on the Columbia Slough  inspecting a sewer outfall pipe


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