Water Utility Authority challenges customers to go without water

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The Albuquerque-Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority is challenging its customers to imagine a day without water, and to go without water for at least one hour on Thursday.

The ABCWUA is participating in a nation-wide effort to engage with the public about the importance of clean, reliable drinking water.

It’s all around us, and we need it to live.

“Because it’s so easily available to us, sometimes I think we take it for granted,” David Morris with the ABCWUA said. “But in lots of parts of the world, that’s not the case.”

That’s exactly why the ABCWUA is asking customers to imagine a whole 24 hours sans safe, treated water.

“I’d be very thirsty for one thing,” Catherine Woodward told News 13.

“I wouldn’t have any energy,” Alexandra Lucero said.

It’s a tough thought — even tougher for those whose live this reality.

So, the ABCWUA is asking customers to go at least one hour without water on Thursday. You can sign a pledge to do so, here, and be entered to win a rain barrel.

Going without water means more than just not flushing the toilet or washing your hands at a sink. It also means no coffee, tea, or anything that uses water!

The challenge is supposed to serve as a reminder that funding water infrastructure is crucial. Albuquerque and Bernalillo County’s aquifer is recovering after years of reduced aquifer usage and instead pulling from the Rio Grande.

“Even in our country we’re faced with infrastructure issues, like we’re seeing in Flint, Michigan, where it makes us realize we can’t take safe, reliable drinking water for granted,” Morris said.

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