WALNUT CREEK, Calif. — Leading environmental engineering and construction firm Brown and Caldwell today joined elected officials, water utilities, community leaders, educators, and businesses for Imagine a Day Without Water (IADWW), a nationwide day of virtual education and advocacy about the value of water.
Led by the Value of Water (VoW) Campaign, supporting organizations will host events to raise awareness about not taking water for granted and the crucial need for water infrastructure investment to ensure no American community is left without safe and reliable water. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the criticality of reliable water service to protect public health and the economy.
Recognizing that investment in community wastewater and drinking water systems is essential to national health, safety, and economic prosperity, Brown and Caldwell employees took to social media to discuss their passion for the sustainable management of the most precious resource. Like-minded engineers, scientists, and construction professionals rallied for the event to create videos, snap photos, and share thoughts on what water means to them using the hashtag #ValueWater.
“Our purpose is to have a positive impact on people, our clients, our communities, and the environment,” said Brown and Caldwell Environmental Engineer Amy West, who led the firm’s IADWW involvement. “Imagine a Day Without Water is a great platform for our 1,700 employee-owners to celebrate our collective passion for the preservation of safe, accessible, and sustainable community water supplies.”
“We’re thrilled that Brown and Caldwell is a part of Imagine a Day Without Water. This national day of action educates our neighbors and public officials about the essential role water plays in all of our lives. This year showed us the critical importance of water service to safeguard public health and the economy. But the infrastructure and service it takes to bring water to our homes and businesses and take it away is not free and can’t be taken for granted. We all need to educate ourselves about where our water comes from and the investment these critical systems need.”
Radhika Fox, CEO of the U.S. Water Alliance and director of the VoW Campaign
In its latest analysis on water infrastructure investment, The Economic Benefits of Investing in Water Infrastructure, co-authored by the American Society of Civil Engineers, the VoW Campaign zeroed in on the importance of water to all business sectors for economic recovery amid COVID-19. The report suggests the U.S. GDP would grow by $4.5 trillion in 20 years, create 800,00 new jobs, and increase disposable household income by $2,000.
About Brown and Caldwell
Headquartered in Walnut Creek, Calif., Brown and Caldwell is a full-service environmental engineering and construction firm with 52 offices and 1,700+ professionals across North America and the Pacific. For more than 70 years, our creative solutions have helped municipalities, private industry, and government agencies successfully overcome their most challenging water and environmental obstacles. As an employee-owned company, Brown and Caldwell is passionate about exceeding our clients’ expectations and making a difference for our employees, our communities, and our environment. For more information, visit www.brownandcaldwell.com.
About Value of Water Campaign
Imagine a Day Without Water began in 2015 as a project of 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.