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    Could you go a day without water? No water to drink or make coffee. No water to shower, flush the toilet, or do laundry. Firefighters couldn't put out fires and farmers couldn't water their crops. September 15th Bow Mar is raising awareness about the most essential resource we have: Water.


    Imagine a Day Without Water is an opportunity for everyone who cares about safe, reliable water to stand up for our most essential resource. The infrastructure that moves and treats water is often invisible and forgotten. Imagine A Day Without Water draws attention to how impossible life would be without water.


    If you read something about “our infrastructure is falling apart,” you probably picture potholes in the road and rusted out bridges that need to be replaced. But that is just the infrastructure you can easily see every day. There is a whole universe of it under our feet that, in many places, is much older than the roads we drive on.


    Underground, out of sight and out of mind, is a massive network of water systems that work 24/7/365 to bring clean, safe drinking water to us and take away water after it has been used to be treated. According to National Geographic, the U.S. has 1.2 million miles of water mains--that’s 26 miles of water mains for every mile of interstate highway. Many of those pipes were built in the 1800s or early 1900s, and many of those systems were built for cities of a century ago, not modern metropolises.


    If those systems failed us one day, You would wake up to a very unpleasant morning. Imagine a day without water. You couldn’t brush your teeth, flush the toilet or take a shower. You couldn’t give your dog a bowl of water or make your coffee. And that is just residential use. Commercial use is a huge component of water consumption as well. Everything from breweries and restaurants, to manufacturing plants and the groundskeepers at Mile High Stadium to the animals at the Denver Zoo need water too. Water keeps our economy flowing.


    We here at Bow Mar know that water is essential, and that’s why we are part of a nationwide educational effort called “Imagine a Day Without Water.” Dozens of other water agencies, mayors, engineers, contractors, business leaders, community members, schools and more are joining the effort, because even though water is absolutely essential to everything we do, it too often is forgotten. Again: out of sight, out of mind.


    But it needs to be on all of our minds because our system here in Bow Mar is probably older than you realize. We have some pipes that date back to the 1950’s. And while Bow Mar strives to bring its customers safe, reliable, and affordable water, District customers should know that just because the infrastructure is invisible to us, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. Water and snow might fall from the sky, melt off our mountains and flow through our rivers, but it is far from free. Processing it, treating it, bringing it to and from your house costs millions a year and no matter how much or little water we use, that price tag is only going to increase because of the age of our system.


    The good news is, Bow Mar can be ahead of the curve. Deferred maintenance, waiting until a water main breaks or a system breaks down--those are the most expensive repairs possible. But if we continually maintain the system, if we upgrade our pipes, if we implement smarter technology that spots weaknesses in the system before they turn into breaks, then we can save money in the long run. Bow Mar has a comprehensive capital improvement plan, updated yearly, that does just that.  The District continuously ensures that our aging infrastructure is maintained at optimal performance for the entirety of its useful life.


    And if we keep doing a good job, Bow Mar and its customers will never have to imagine a day without water.


    More information about Imagine a Day Without Water can be found here:


    An informational video about “What’s Beneath Your Feet” can be viewed here.