Sunday, June 13, 2021

Can You Imagine A Day Without Water?

Take a second and think about all of the activities in your daily life that use water – showering, cooking, cleaning, watering plants, swimming. Now think about all the events and operations in Southlake alone that use water. Events like Oktoberfest and Stars & Stripes, construction of the new Champions Club, installation of new water and wastewater infrastructure, firefighting, etc.

Today, October 10, 2018, the City of Southlake joined water utilities, community leaders, educators and businesses participating in the fourth annual Imagine a Day Without Water, a nationwide day of education about the value of water.

Understanding the importance of maintaining our drinking water and wastewater systems is essential to our community’s health, safety, and environment. Drought, flooding, and population changes are stressing our water and wastewater systems. In 2017, Southlake residents used 2.3 billion gallons of water, which comes out to an average of about 220 gallons of water per person per day. In 2018, this number has increased to 245 gallons on average.

“Most of the time, our water and wastewater systems are out of sight, out of mind. This means everything is working the way it should! With the right support, we can maintain these systems properly so you don’t see many water or sewer line breaks that could affect your household or business, and so you can enjoy the many attractions and events the City has to offer,” says Environmental Coordinator Ashley Carlisle.

So once more, we ask: “Can you imagine a day without water?” Show us your support on social media and let us know the most important part of your life that water contributes to!

 

Imagine A Day Without Water: Southlake Public Library

Could you imagine a day without water? No water to drink, no water to shower, flush the toilet, do laundry or even to make a latte.

Southlake Water Utilities has partnered with The Value of Water Coalition to promote awareness of our most valuable natural resource. The coalition’s sponsored event Imagine a Day Without Water occurred on September 15, but Southlake Water Utilties wants to take it one step further and extend the campaign throughout the whole month.

Not having a source of clean, reliable water would cause a significant disruption in our daily lives, and many of us also would not be able to do our jobs. We recently asked fellow Southlake employees: How would a day without water affect your ability to provide reliable services to the City of Southlake?

The Library uses water to create a comfortable atmosphere.

“You may not think that water and books go together, and it’s true that water is not a friend to books but it’s a great friend to librarians and readers,” says Cynthia Pfledderer, City Librarian. For a comfortable and welcoming feel each morning, the Library staff comes in before the Library opens and one of the first things they do is start to make fresh coffee and hot water for Southlake readers. Pfledderer says, “the scent of fresh coffee is one of our favorite parts of the Library.”

The Library also uses water in many other ways, like cleaning many things, so the library stays fresh and tidy for the community. The library also uses water in programs for kids. Can you imagine painting a picture without water? How would you wash out your paint brush or wash your hands?

“Water helps us to keep the Library a cozy and fun place to be – we don’t ever want to find out what we would have to do without it,” says Pfledderer.

Share your thoughts! How would a day without water affect you and your family?

Imagine A Day Without Water: Southlake Streets & Drainage

Could you imagine a day without water? No water to drink, no water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry, or even make a latte with.

Southlake Water Utilities has partnered with The Value of Water Coalition to promote awareness of our most valuable natural resource. The coalition’s sponsored event Imagine a Day Without Water is on September 15.

Not having a source of clean, reliable water would cause a significant disruption in our daily lives, and many of us also would not be able to do our jobs. We recently asked fellow Southlake employees: How would a day without water affect your ability to provide reliable services to the City of Southlake?

“It took 40 yards of concrete to complete this 230 feet of sidewalk,” said Joe Walsh, Streets and Drainage Supervisor for the City of Southlake. The new sidewalk along the north side of Continental Boulevard, east of the intersection at Breeze Way was identified as important to Southlake residents for improving mobility. “Without the 1,360 gallons of accessible water to wet the concrete, we would not have been able to build this sidewalk.”

“It is easy to take for granted when you are not thinking about it, but clean, accessible water is incredibly important to my crew’s job every day.” The Streets Division uses water to keep dust down while sweeping streets, to clean up work sites, and to keep the team hydrated.

Stay tuned for more stories on how the City of Southlake values water.

Share your thoughts! How would a day without water affect you and your family?

 

Imagine A Day Without Water: Southlake Fire Fighters

Could you imagine a day without water? No water to drink, no water to shower, flush the toilet, do laundry, or even to make a latte with.

Southlake Water Utilities has partnered with The Value of Water Coalition to promote awareness of our most valuable natural resource. The coalition’s sponsored event, Imagine a Day Without Water is on September 15.

As well as causing significant disruption to our daily lives, many of us also could not do our job without a source of clean, reliable water. We recently asked fellow Southlake employees, “How would a day without water affect your ability to provide reliable services to the City of Southlake?”

“At an average structure fire, the Fire Department requires between 500 and 2000 gallons a minute,” according to Kelly Clements, Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal for the City of Southlake. Because the combined tank capacity on all of the fire apparatus is 1800 gallons, without a connection to a fire hydrant the Fire Department would be without water in one to three minutes!

“The importance of water is paramount in achieving the desired results for our fire department, and without it, we would all be high and dry,” says Clements.

Stay tuned for more stories on how the City of Southlake values water.

Share your thoughts! How would a day without water affect you and your family?