Local experts talk about significance of ‘Imagine A Day Without Water’


DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – An apple, sneakers, flushing a toilet, a glass of wine are all examples of things that require gallons of water to make.

Some communities across the nation already know how hard a day without water can be, thankfully Dayton is not one of them. However, September 15th marks ‘Imagine a Day Without Water’ a national movement to raise awareness about the value of water.

Miami Conservancy District (MCD) Public Relations Manager, Brenda Gibson says many of us take water for granted and it’s something we wouldn’t be able to live without.

“Americans average 176 gallons of water a day. I know that sounds like a lot, but it’s not water you use at your house to shower and cook. It’s actually water in the products in your house. There is water that is used in the production of plastics, glass and metals. Water is in your appliances and in your clothing of everything in your house basically. It’s amazing how all those little things add up to 176 gallons,” said Gibson.

Example of how much water is used in a couple of items:

  • 32 gallons of water make one glass of wine.
  • 2,110 gallons of water to make a pair of sneakers.
  • 19 gallons of water to make one apple.
  • 40,000 gallons of water to make a car.

2 NEWS reporter, Maytal Levi asked Gibson, “Are there issues in water quality in the Miami Valley?”. Gibson replied, “We’re really fortunate in this region we have a very abundant aquifer it’s under the river beds, in the streams and it holds about 1.5 trillion gallons of good clean water for drinking and it serves about 2.3 million people in this region.”

Gibson says overall nationwide water infrastructure received D letter grade on an A-F grading system. She says it’s because about half of the water systems in America were built in the 1800’s-1900’s and need to be upgraded.

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