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Imagine a Day Without Water. Join the Nationwide movement on October 21st.

Posted By Karen E. Menard, Friday, August 7, 2020

Education Division – Consumer Outreach Committee Blog


All Things H2O                             Aug/Sept 2020 Issue




Imagine a Day Without Water.

Join the Nationwide movement on October 21st.

Imagine what it would be like not having water to drink, wash your hands, shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry? Without water, hospitals would close. Firefighters would not be able to put out fires, farmers would not have the resources to water their crops and disease would spread.


Now in its sixth year, the day of action will take place on October 21, 2020. When you participate in Imagine a Day Without Water, you join a national movement raising awareness about our water and the critical infrastructure that brings it to and from our homes and businesses every day. Especially during a public health crisis that emphasizes the need for good hygiene practices and handwashing to keep us all safe and healthy, no one can take water for granted.


Houston Public Works will join the national campaign with activities consisting of public awareness events, an essay contest, and a fundraising trivia night!


Students in public, private, and homeschool throughout the City of Houston in grades 1st-8th will be invited by answering the question: 


What would your day be like if you turned on the tap or flushed the toilet,

and nothing happened?


Essay contests winners will be judged on originality and incorporation of the contest questions. Winners will receive a gift card, water conservation goodie bag and have their essays shared with City Council.


New this year!

On October 21st, join Houston Public Works as we host a virtual water trivia night! Proceeds from the event will go to Houston Public Works W.A.T.E.R. Fund (Water Aid to Elderly Residents) which provides financial assistance to many of Houston's low income senior citizens (60+) who are residential utility customers in the City of Houston, living in a single family dwelling and needing assistance with their water bill. Assistance is also available to disabled and other low-income customers.


Additionally, Houston Public Works will launch its inaugural Winter Sprinkler Shutoff Education Initiative. Through this initiative, Houston Public Works aims to reduce winter water use by encouraging Houston Water residents to turn off their irrigation systems during the winter months when most yard grasses are dormant, thus saving water and reducing costs.


Want to sponsor or need assistance? Email us at


What can you do for Imagine a Day Without Water?

Everyone is encouraged to engage and inspire their community through safe forums like Zoom or other online platforms. A few examples of engagement include:


  • Social media - Create an online poll, pledge, or contest. Pose the question, “What is the value of water in your daily life?” Share video or images, live stream or start a contest, and use #ValueWater.
  • Host an online event - Create an experience that fosters knowledge of our vital, yet invisible water infrastructure by hosting a facility project site tour.
  • Classrooms - Teachers can bring Imagine a Day Without Water into the classroom by conducting art contests related to the theme of valuing water or curriculum that engages students to share what a day without water would mean to them. A sustainable water future will depend on the success of our next generation of water leaders!


To join the sixth annual national day of education and awareness, visit


About the Authors:

Alondra Hernandez oversees the Education & Outreach Programs of Houston Public Works. She is the Education Co-Chair for the Southeast Chapter of  TAWWA.

Gail Kaufman, M.A., joined the City of Houston, Public Works Department in 2015 as a Management Analyst, providing management support and community outreach education.  Prior to working in Houston, she was a, Environmental Research Manager for the City of Thousand Oaks in California where she conducted studies on community behaviors, managed a Household and Business Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.  Gail served as the grant administrator, contributing technical and design assistance for the City’s first LEED Certified, Hazardous Waste Collection Facility.  She has her Master in Public Administration with over 20 years serving in the public sector.

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