**Press Release Template**
[Organization Name] Joins Fourth Annual Imagine a Day Without Water Campaign to Raise Awareness About the Value of Water
October 10, 2018 – [City] – Today, [Organization Name] joined elected officials, water utilities, community leaders, educators, and businesses participating in the fourth annual Imagine a Day Without Water, a nationwide day of education and advocacy about the value of water. Led by the Value of Water Campaign, hundreds of organizations across the country will host events and spearhead projects today aimed at raising awareness about the crucial need for investment in our nation’s water infrastructure.
An investment in our drinking water and wastewater systems is essential to our national health, safety, environment, and economic prosperity, [XXXX organization/community/elected official] hosted [XXXX event] at [XXX location] where they [XXXX event details]. Joining [XXX organization] were [XXX, YYY and ZZZZ.]
After decades of underfunding, water infrastructure is aging and in need of investment. Drought, flooding, and population changes are stressing our water and wastewater systems. A single nationwide day without water service would put $43.5 billion of economic activity at risk. In just eight days, a national water service stoppage would put nearly two million jobs in jeopardy.
While many of these challenges are regionally-specific and will require locally-driven solutions, reinvestment in water must be a national priority. This year, Imagine a Day Without Water falls just weeks before the 2018 midterm elections. All 435 seats in the House of Representatives, 35 Senate seats, 36 gubernatorial races, and countless state legislature and local races are in play. As citizens go to the polls this fall to vote in the midterm elections, the next wave of lawmakers should make water a priority so no American has to live or imagine a day without water again.
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[XXX community] joined Imagine a Day Without Water to draw attention to [details on issue facing community]. [Insert details on how xxx community and organizations are addressing the issues.]
“We're thrilled that [XXXX organization/community/elected] is a part of Imagine a Day Without Water. This national day of action educates our neighbors and public officials about the essential role water plays in all of 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 Campaign. “Water infrastructure is often out of sight, out of mind. But, the systems that deliver water to and from our homes and businesses require reinvestment and upkeep just like roads and bridges. It is time to take action before we face a national crisis.”
Abigail Gardner |Value of Water Campaign Communications Director| firstname.lastname@example.org| o. 412 421 0809 | c. 412 977 3051
The Value of Water Campaign educates and inspires the nation about how water is essential, invaluable, and in need of investment. Spearheaded by top leaders in the water industry, the Value of Water Campaign is building public and political will for investment in America's water infrastructure.