A swimming pool. Your morning coffee. A fresh-looking lawn. What do they all have in common? Yes, you guessed it -- water. But for many here in Denver, we don't often think about water until we're told we must change our behavior to help conserve.
What would you do if suddenly restaurants didn't serve you water with meals, or if you can only water your lawns two days a week and must follow a strict schedule? Oh wait, that happened. And chances are you've already noticed your change in behavior due to these restrictions imposed when a stage 2 drought was declared for the second year in a row.
Still despite these restrictions, you can always walk to the sink and water will come from the faucet. But for millions around the world, this is not the case. In fact, there are an estimated 1.8 billion people worldwide without access to safe water. Listen, we get it. It's hard to think about these immense issues like the global water crisis when it's not affecting our daily lives. But here in Colorado, this is changing and so is the conversation about water.
Today, we're hearing more about water legislation and the challenges of our threatened Colorado River. And in a matter of days, nearly 14,000 water professionals from around the world will arrive in Denver for the American Water Works Association's 13th Annual Conference and Exhibition.
To kick start this conference, Water For People will host the Festival For Water, a free music event in Civic Center Park on Sunday June 9th to raise awareness about the water crisis in Colorado and around the world. At Water For People we know it takes the collective support of everyone to make an impact. We hope you will join us!
So this summer, when you're jumping into a refreshing pool or turning the tap for a glass of water, remember Water Matters.