Clarksville Gas & Water joined the seventh annual Imagine a Day Without Water national campaign today to raise awareness about the role of water infrastructure in our lives and the importance of its investment.
It also raises awareness about the critical role of water and wastewater systems in our communities, protecting public health, safeguarding the environment, and making a healthy economy possible.
Over the years, the City of Clarksville has attracted new residents, businesses, and industries, bringing incredible growth across the community. However, with the growth, the City’s current water plant reached its State-regulated capacity limit of 80%, requiring the addition of a second water treatment plant.
In Aug. 2021, Clarksville Gas & Water undertook the most significant single project by a City department and initiated the development of the North Clarksville Water Treatment Plant, located off of Barge Point Rd. adjacent to the Cumberland River, and is expected to be complete and operational by 2024.
City residents will benefit from an ample potable water supply with the second plant if the existing plant needs to be taken offline for repairs. The water plant will also include a state-of-the-art membrane filtration system, with a capacity of 12 million gallons per day (MGD) and the ability to be expanded to 36 MGD in two future 12 MGD phases.
“Raising awareness about the state of water infrastructure is a crucial step to ensuring water systems keep flowing for generations to come,” said Mark Riggins, general manager of Gas & Water. “Even though we cannot see the pipes and sewers beneath our feet, water cannot be taken for granted. High-quality water service is a critical part of every thriving community.”
“Today, we encourage everyone to take a minute to learn more about their local water system, where their drinking water comes from, and where their wastewater goes,” he added. “I would also like to thank our City’s utility professionals at Clarksville Gas & Water for being a part of this year’s Imagine a Day Without Water campaign. Their voice on the importance of water is instrumental in securing our future.”
Imagine a Day Without Water was envisioned as an advocacy and education day that asked Americans to think about what it would mean to go without water for a day. With the stress of climate change and the challenges of maintaining water infrastructure, some of which are centuries-old in some places, there is an increasing concern about water supplies and service stability.
To learn more about Clarksville’s water system and more about the Imagine a Day Without Water campaign, visit https://www.clarksvillegw.com and https://imagineadaywithoutwater.org/.