PARISH PARTICIPATES IN A DAY WITHOUT WATER CAMPAIGN
To raise awareness about the value of water, St. Charles Parish is participating in the fourth annual “Imagine a Day Without Water” campaign for the entire month of October.
The Parish Council helped kick off the campaign by officially proclaiming October 10 as “A Day Without Water” at its Oct. 1 meeting in Hahnville.
“Water is essential to life and one goal of St. Charles Parish government is to provide safe quality water to our residents. We are fortunate that our Waterworks Department has been able to maintain safe, award winning water for years,” said Parish President, Larry Cochran. “This campaign only further informs the residents of the parish’s efforts while also giving them a chance to learn more about our parish’s water infrastructure.”
The parish’s Public Information Office (PIO) along with the Waterworks Department will be reaching out to residents to raise awareness of the value of water in the parish as well as the nation by encouraging them to participate in outreach events. The following outreach efforts are scheduled to be part of the campaign this October:
- A Day Without Water Social Media Trivia: The “Imagine a Day Without Water” trivia game will engage residents through the parish’s social media pages where they can respond. The PIO will award residents, unsystematically, as they submit correct answers, and will also use the hashtag #ValueWater throughout the campaign.
- Waterworks Plant Tour: The Department of Waterworks will be allowing residents to tour the water treatment plant on Oct. 20 from 10-11 a.m. For more information and to make reservations contact Rachelle Johnson at email@example.com or call (985) 783-5110. Please note: sections of the Waterworks treatment plant are not handicap accessible; however, accommodations can be met to ensure anyone with a disability can participate. If you require accommodations, please specify when calling to reserve your spot. Also, please wear comfortable footwear if attending.
- SCP-TV VIDEO: The Public Information Office will air the videos Imagine a Day Without Water and Water. An Essential Element daily on SCP-TV (Cox Channel 6, U-Verse 99). The videos will also be available on the parish website at scp-tv.com and its social media pages.
- SCPFEED: The PIO Staff will also publish various SCPFEED articles throughout the month of Oct. sharing their take on why water and this campaign is beneficial to the residents.
The Parish is joined by elected officials, water utilities, community leaders, educators, and businesses around the nation in its efforts to inform the public about the crucial need for investment in the nation’s water infrastructure. The movement was spearheaded by the Value of Water Campaign after the organization recognized that underfunding and aging of water infrastructure partnered with drought, flooding, and population changes caused stress to water and wastewater systems across the nation.
“It is obvious to most people when a road, bridge or even a drainage structure needs repairs or replacement, but for the water and wastewater industries nationwide much of our infrastructure is buried. Out of sight, out of mind,” said Waterworks Director Robbie Brou. “Out of mind, until they experience a catastrophic failure of a system. Then a day or more, without water becomes all too real, which is why it’s important that we educate and remind residents about the value of quality water.”
About the Value of Water Campaign
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.
The mission of St. Charles Parish government is to provide high quality, efficient services to sustain and enhance the quality of life for all residents of St. Charles Parish.
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