The WWEMA Water ChallengeWelcome to the WWEMA Water Challenge! How much do you take clean, safe water for granted? Take the challenge today and find out!
What is the WWEMA Water Challenge?
The WWEMA Water Challenge is a fun way to show just how much we rely on clean, safe water in our everyday lives. WWEMA is challenging our federal, state, and local legislators, as well as other community leaders and concerned citizens (including you!), to "turn off your tap" - whether literally or figuratively - to discover what health, hygienic, and convenience challenges you face without easy access to water.
We want you to Tweet, post on Facebook, and otherwise share your experiences with the world. Our goal is 5,000 Tweets. So please be sure to use the #NoWater hashtag!
How long is the Challenge supposed to last?
We're running the Challenge from March 12 through Water Week (April 12-18, 2015). You can decide for yourself how long you want to go without tap water, whether you try it for a few hours or longer. Spoiler alert: It gets harder the longer you try. (Especially since you may need to flush your toilet at some point. Because, yes, toilets count, too. So do dishwashers, laundry, food prep ... you get the idea.)
What is the point of doing this?
By taking the Challenge, you'll help raise awareness of how much we all rely on water, and how important it is to ensure our communities have access to water now and into the future. Did you know that the American Society of Civil Engineers gave U.S. Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure each a "D" grade in its most recent report card?
We need to invest now in water to protect our future, but because we tend to take water for granted, it can be hard to get support for adequate funding for this vital resource. Just because those pipes are underground, doesn't mean we can afford to let them be "out of sight, out of mind"!
What else can I do?
Why, thank you for asking. If you want to go beyond the challenge to advocate for water funding, you can help in a few ways:
(1) Invite your friends to take the #NoWater Challenge! The more people who try it, the more we all raise awareness of the value of water!
(2) Take a moment to sign our Online Petition and express your support for adequate funding for water and wastewater infrastructure.
(3) Contact your local, state, and federal elected officials and ask them to support funding for water and wastewater projects. Recently, U.S. Reps. John Duncan (R-TN) and Bill Pascrell (D-NJ) introduced into Congress H.R. 499, the Sustainable Water Infrastructure Investment Act of 2015. Write, call, or email your district's representative and ask him or her to co-sponsor this important bipartisan legislation.
Thank you for taking the Challenge, and remember to check back here throughout the next few weeks to monitor our progress. You just might see one of your Tweets quoted here!