Prepare to travel through some classic song lyrics as we explore what water means to us and what it would be like to go a day without it. We hope you’ve got your headphones on and your reusable water bottle filled to the top, because we’re about to groove.
“Well, I tumble outta bed and stumble to the kitchenDolly Parton
Pour myself a cup of ambition”
Except… There are only grounds in your cup.
Looking to some of Dolly Parton’s lyrics we see just how important water is in our daily lives. We see the importance of drinking coffee in the morning, washing our hands to stay safe, and brushing our teeth—all made possible by the availability of water.
“I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain? I wanna know, have you ever seen the rain? Coming down on a sunny day”Creedence Clearwater
Except… There’s nothing to see.
Creedence Clearwater paints a picture here of the sun shining through water droplets as it rains down on you. Imagine a Day where you can’t see the rainbows that form. These alluring colors dancing in the sky only happen when there is rain coming down. This is a gift we’re given because of water’s refractive properties, making something beautiful out of something as colorless as water. But water is so much more important to us than just rainbows. It gives firefighters the power to stop flames in their tracks. It helps hospital workers cleanly and safely take care of their patients.
“Don’t go chasing waterfalls
Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to“TLC
Except… the riverbeds and waterfalls are dusty and dry.
TLC tells you not to chase waterfalls, but how else are you supposed to see the cascading water enriching the natural ecosystem? These stunning spaces offer us recreation and are essential for aerating and boosting the nutrients of the watershed. This has widespread benefits for both people and nature.
Here in Athens, we have 17 of these watersheds including the Middle and North Oconee Rivers, where we source our drinking water.
What is a watershed? A watershed is an area of land that drains into a specific body of water, such as a creek or river. Rain that falls anywhere within a creek’s watershed will eventually drain into that creek. Think of it as a greater community of water built together by its pieces. This is similar to seeing Athens as a community; the Classic City would not be the same without its citizens, businesses, or schools, and altogether we make up a cultural watershed.
With water on our minds, can you imagine what life would be like without water? If you couldn’t rely on firefighters to put out fires? If hospitals couldn’t sanitize their life-saving materials? If Athens’ area watersheds were empty? All of these concerns should bring our most overlooked resource (WATER) into focus, which is why we take at least one day out of the the year to participate in:
Imagine a Day Without Water, happening on October 21st.
Imagine a Day Without Water is part of a national educational campaign from Value of Water to highlight just how important water is. Here at the ACC Water Conservation Office we promote the value of water everyday but encouraging people to picture their lives without it for a day reminds everyone just how vital this resource can be. We use water to run hospitals, schools, and our homes. We use it to keep society safe and healthy. We NEED water. People all over the world lack reliable drinking water and yet here in Athens we often take it for granted.
So, for today… Let’s imagine what it would be like to live without that morning cup of ambition, that rain on a sunny day, and the waterfalls we love to chase. Let’s remind ourselves why those things really matter.
How do YOU imagine your day without water?