Akiva School Joined National Imagine a Day Without Water Campaign to Raise Awareness About Vulnerable Infrastructure Systems
On September 15, 2016, Akiva School in Nashville, Tennessee, joined elected officials, drinking water and wastewater providers, community leaders, business and labor groups, policy experts, advocacy organizations and infrastructure experts participating in Imagine a Day Without Water, an effort to educate the public about the water infrastructure crisis currently facing the United States. Organized by the Value of Water Coalition, hundreds of organizations across the country partook in events aimed at raising awareness about the crucial need for investment to ensure that no community in America is left without water and the infrastructure that brings it to and from homes and businesses.
Recognizing that an investment in our drinking water and wastewater systems is essential to securing a bright and prosperous future for generations to come, Akiva School hosted a gallery walk for kindergarten through sixth grade identifying all the ways our community uses water and if the use was for need or pleasure. As a follow-up activity, students discussed ways to conserve water and second graders created posters and models of how a day without water might look in our city.
“We’re thrilled that Akiva School participated in Imagine a Day Without Water. This national day of action is educating public officials and engaging citizens about the essential role water plays in our lives, and the threat that aging and underfunded water infrastructure poses to our communities and economy” said Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance and Director of the Value of Water Coalition. “Most people can take for granted that when they turn on the tap, or flush the toilet, water systems functions exactly as they are supposed to. But the systems that provide critical water and wastewater services are aging, and we need to take action before it gets worse. Because a day without water is nothing short of a crisis.”
“Akiva School participated in Imagine a Day Without Water, because we are concerned about water issues facing our community and world. The problems our drinking water and wastewater systems face are multi-faceted. Each community faces distinct challenges and will require locally-crafted solutions to solve their biggest water problems. Drought, flooding, infrastructure failure, sewer overflows, poor water quality, and climate change are stressing our water and wastewater systems. In some communities, families and businesses have experienced the impossible struggle of a day without water. Imagine A Day Without Water tells their stories, as well as the stories of innovative solutions to our nation’s water challenges, so that no one ever has to experience another day without water.
Our efforts began with second grade teacher, Ellen Cloyd, raising awareness of water scarcity to her students and our school community through two school-wide assemblies,” shared Susan Eskew, Akiva School STEM lead teacher.