Imag­ine a day­with­out wa­ter


In Septem­ber, the City of Santa FeWater Con­ser­va­tion Pro­gram held its 15th an­nu­alWater Fi­esta. Over the course of two days, more than 650 stu­dents at­tended five dif­fer­ent wa­ter-fo­cused ac­tiv­i­ties at the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. Some started a whole new jour­ney with our newPass­port Pro­gram, which will al­low them an en­tire year of wa­ter-ori­ented ac­tiv­i­ties and field trips.

It’s dif­fi­cult to teach wa­ter con­ser­va­tion out of the con­text of the big­ger pic­ture. When stu­dents learn about where their wa­ter comes from, how it’s treated, dis­in­fected and dis­trib­uted to the point where it comes out of their tap, the con­nec­tion is much eas­ier to make on why we should con­serve the re­source. Thanks to the many vol­un­teers from part­ner­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions such as the Of­fice of the State En­gi­neer, San­dia Na­tional Labs, Santa Fe Botan­i­cal Gar­dens, and City of Santa Fe staff, we were able to have an­other very suc­cess­ful event.

Oc­to­ber is “Imag­ine a Day with­out Wa­ter” month. The cam­paign has run for three years and raises na­tional aware­ness on what a day with­out wa­ter would ac­tu­ally be like. On a larger scale, things like fire­fight­ing ormed­i­cal care in hos­pi­tals could not oc­cur. In our homes we could not cook, clean, flush our toi­lets, or do the sim­plest things. Restau­rants could not func­tion. Ac­cord­ing to the “Imag­ine a Day with­outWater” web­site, a sin­gle day with­out wa­ter ser­vice would re­sult in a loss of $43.5 bil­lion of eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity na­tion­wide.

This month we are part­ner­ing with one of our com­mer­cial business part­ners, Sec­ond Street Brew­ery, to cre­ate a social me­dia cam­paign on the value of wa­ter. With a fo­cus on the SanMa­teo lo­ca­tion, we were able to iden­tify sev­eral parts of the restau­rant that would be af­fected. From the be­gin­ning of the day when the food is be­ing pre­pared, op­er­a­tions would come to a com­plete stop. Veg­eta­bles could not be washed, food could not be cooked, and drinks could not be served. On the san­i­tary is­sue, tables could not be cleaned, dishes could not be cleaned, and hands could not be washed. With Sec­ond Street Brew­ery, there is also the is­sue of beer pro­duc­tion. Be­ing with­out wa­ter would com­pletely shut this business down for a day. There would be noth­ing that staff would be able to do, which would re­sult in a loss in rev­enue that would con­tinue un­til wa­ter was avail­able again.

We couldn’t be hap­pier to col­lab­o­rate with Sec­ond Street Brew­ery on this project to bring fur­ther aware­ness to the com­mu­nity on the value of wa­ter and to help us imag­inewhat a day­would be like with­out it. The aware­ness helps all of us from­tak­ing it from­granted and helps us value it that much more. For more in­for­ma­tion on the cam­paign, visit www. imag­inea­day­with­out­wa­ For more in­for­ma­tion on the cam­paign with Sec­ond Street Brew­ery and all of our other pro­grams visit­wa­ter­santafe. com.

Chris­tine Y. Chavez has a back­ground in wa­ter-rights ad­min­is­tra­tion and en­ergy and wa­ter con­ser­va­tion pro­gram man­age­ment in the state of New Mex­ico. She is a grad­u­ate of New Mex­ico State Univer­sity with a B.S. in en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence and an M.S. in bi­ol­ogy. Chris­tine is the wa­ter con­ser­va­tion man­ager for the City of Santa Fe. She may be reached at 505.955.4219 or cy­[email protected]

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