Specification Rubber Products, Inc. Joins Third Annual Imagine a Day Without
Water Campaign to Raise Awareness About the Value of Water
October 12, 2017 – Alabaster, AL – Today, Specification Rubber Products, Inc. (SRP) joined elected officials, water utilities, community leaders, and businesses participating in the third annual Imagine a Day Without Water, a nationwide day of education and advocacy about the value of water. Led by the Value of Water Campaign, hundreds of organizations across the country will host events today aimed at raising awareness about the crucial need for investment in our nation’s water infrastructure to ensure that no American community is left without safe and reliable water.
Recognizing that an investment in our drinking water and wastewater systems is essential to our national health, safety, and economic prosperity, SRP hosted an inter-company event at its facility in Alabaster, Alabama, where attendees donned t-shirts with the Value of Water logo, and revisited the importance of the work they do to keep drinking water reliable around the world.
Specification Rubber Products President, Steven A. Smith, said, “For nearly five decades Specification Rubber Products has been dedicated to domestically manufacturing clean, safe and reliable gaskets and sealing solutions for the water industry. We are deeply committed to our industry and are excited to partner with so many others to help bring awareness to this critical issue. Too many individuals take for granted that safe and reliable water will just be there, and for far too long we have neglected our water infrastructure. By participating in this event along with many other activities, we hope to continue shining a light onto an issue that desperately needs attention.”
“We’re thrilled that Specification Rubber Products, Inc. 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, and the threat that aging and underfunded water infrastructure poses to our communities and economy” said Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance and Director of the Value of Water Campaign. “It is easy to take our water infrastructure for granted because it is often underground and out of sight. But, the systems that deliver water to and from our homes and businesses require reinvestment and upkeep just like roads and bridges. It is time to take action before we face a crisis.”
Our water infrastructure is aging and in need of investment, having gone underfunded for decades. Drought, flooding, and climate change are stressing our water and wastewater systems. A single nationwide day without water service would put $43.5 billion of economic activity at risk. In just eight days, a national water service stoppage would put nearly 2 million jobs in jeopardy.
While many of these challenges are regionally-specific and will require locally-driven solutions, reinvestment in our water must be a national priority. Imagine a Day Without Water tells the stories of the challenges we face when our water infrastructure fails, but also of the innovative solutions being implemented in communities nationwide.
At SRP, we joined Imagine a Day Without Water, because we are making efforts to raise awareness on the importance of sub-surface infrastructure such as water systems, Smith said. As Congress works on an infrastructure bill in the coming months it is important for them to not forget about water systems. Specification Rubber Products is committed to going beyond the status quo in making gaskets and sealing solutions of the highest quality so citizens will be guaranteed to have clean drinking water.
Smith and SRP Market Developer Wesley Helton recently traveled to Washington DC to meet with several congressional leaders regarding the importance of buying American made products and clean potable water.
Despite the vast challenges facing American water infrastructure, the good news is that there is great opportunity in investment, Smith said. A study conducted by the Value of Water Campaign has found that there is over $220 billion in economic activity to be gained nationwide by closing the water infrastructure investment gap. The American public is already widely supportive of implementing these needed investments. Above any other pressing political issue, Americans name rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure as the issue they most want our elected officials to address.