City of Minneapolis participates in ‘Imagine a Day Without Water’

The City of Minneapolis is participating in today’s third annual “Imagine a Day Without Water,” a nationwide day of education and advocacy about the value of water.

Staff from the City’s Minneapolis Public Works Water Treatment & Distribution Services Division will be at the Commons today 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. with samples of Minneapolis tap water and to share more information about its journey from the Mississippi River to your tap. They will be located on the west side of the Commons near Park Avenue and Fifth Street.

Led by the Value of Water Campaign, “Imagine a Day Without Water” events are designed to get people thinking about what their daily lives would be like without safe, reliable water and wastewater services. A single nationwide day without water service would put $43.5 billion of economic activity at risk, according to the Value of Water Campaign. In eight days, a national water service stoppage would put nearly 2 million jobs in jeopardy.

The City is also celebrating the 150th anniversary of Minneapolis Water Works this year. When first established in 1867 by the Minneapolis City Council, the division initially supplied water to the Minneapolis Fire Department. Today Minneapolis Public Works Water Treatment & Distribution Services has developed a complex system that pumps approximated 21 billion gallons of water annually from the Mississippi River. It produces an average of 57 million gallons of drinking water daily—a rate that could fill Lake of the Isles in about four days.

The City provides drinking water for roughly 500,000 people, including suburban customers.

To learn more about the City’s Water Treatment & Distribution services, visit Read the interactive story “From river to tap: Exploring how Minneapolis gets its water” to learn more about the City’s water treatment process.