During the regular meeting of the Johnson County Board of County Commissioners, they proclaimed Oct. 21 as Imagine a Day Without Water,
Madison Crowl, stormwater project manager from Public Works accepted the proclamation alongside Susan Pekarek, general manager, JCW.
Imagine a Day without Water is a national education campaign that brings together diverse stakeholders to highlight how water is essential, invaluable and in need of investment.
"As we try to imagine what a day without water would be like, we can all probably remember a day or two when there was just too much water," Crowl said. "A day when a heavy rainstorm caused dangerous flooding conditions on the streets for our traveling public, or a day when floodwaters inundated a resident’s home or business. It is on those days that, we recognize how investing in the infrastructure that takes care of these waters is also vitally important."
Pekarek noted that JCW provides sanitary sewer service to a population of approximately 500,000 in the county by cleaning the water they use each day.
"2020 is JCW's 75th year of serving Johnson Countians," she said. "What started out as a small facility constructed to serve a few customers in the northeastern portion of the county in the 1940's has continued to grow with the county to serve residents and businesses in 16 cities of our county and the unincorporated area."