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Imagine a Day Without Water

Some communities in America already know how impossible it is to try to go a day without our most precious resource: Water. On Sept. 15, we raise awareness and educate America about the value of water.

How far in your typical day could you make it without water? Maybe your bedhead look is back in fashion, but most of us crave that morning shower. At the least you’d want to be able to flush your toilet and brush your teeth. For those of us who need a cup of coffee to face our mornings, we’d be stopped in our tracks.

You don’t have to go far to realize how much water impacts our daily lives. Basic household needs and the wider world run on water. Just like we couldn’t make it out of the house in the morning, hospitals would close without water. Firefighters couldn't put out fires and farmers couldn't water their crops.

A day without water can be scary to imagine but it doesn’t have to become a reality if we prepare together. At the Portland Water Bureau, we prepare as part of our daily work – by hardening the backbone of our water system and building storage that will last for generations.

You can play a part too. Learn more about safely storing water for an emergency so you can imagine a day without water but it will never be your reality.

• See HOW to store your emergency H2O.

• See WHERE to store your emergency H2O.

• See WHAT types of containers to use for your emergency H2O.

• Using your own containers to store water for an emergency? Here’s how:


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