By Brooke Givens, KC Water

August 25, 2017

Last September, KC Water joined elected officials, drinking water and wastewater providers, community leaders, business and labor groups, policy experts, and non-profit organizations participating in Imagine a Day Without Water—a national day of action to educate the public about the water infrastructure crisis currently facing the United States. KC Water recorded video interviews with water-reliant businesses and industries in Kansas City about why water is so important to their work. The videos demonstrate how water is the lifeblood of a thriving Kansas City economy. This year, KC Water will continue surveying different businesses and members of the community about why they value water.

From reliable roads and transportation to sustainable food industries, from public health to healthy ecosystems, and from commercial corridors to arts and culture, vibrant communities depend on safe, and reliable water. Often invisible, we often don’t recognize the essential and multifaceted role water plays in our daily lives. Water enables people and our communities to be safe, healthy, efficient, and successful. In Kansas City, MO, the importance of water to our community couldn’t be clearer.

To demonstrate the importance of water to the vitality of Kansas City, MO, KC Water asked local brewers, coffee shops, growers, restaurant owners, and others to “Imagine a Day Without Water.” Water is a matter of survival—for humans and businesses. All of them must have water before they can open their doors to the public. Kauffman Stadium, where the 2015 World Series Champion Kansas City Royals play, would be a mess. A local university couldn’t teach its students. The growing craft beer industry would come to a halt.  And, Kansas City residents would be deprived of their morning coffee.

Those are just a few examples of what KC Water learned when it asked local businesses and groups to “Imagine a Day Without Water.” As a part of “Imagine A Day Without Water,” KC Water produced a series of videos that interviewed local breweries, coffee shops, growers, restaurant owners, students, faculty, and even the Kansas City Royals. Take a look at the clips here and see why Kansas City residents value their water.