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Imagine a day without water

Water is so essential to your everyday life that you probably don’t think about it at all. This morning you woke up, showered, brushed your teeth, and drank a cup of coffee. Maybe you did a load of laundry and you definitely flushed the toilet a few times. When you were thirsty, you turned on the tap. Water is always there for you when you need it and we often take it for granted. We expect water out of the tap the second we turn on the faucet and we expect dirty water to go down the drain and disappear when we’re finished with it.

Today, Newport is at risk of losing the essential everyday convenience of clean, reliable water at the tap. The two dams that help store our water in the Big Creek Reservoirs are in danger of failing during an earthquake. If that happens our city won’t have a water supply. Without clean water, our health, safety, economy and environment are all at risk.

The thought of our community going even a day without water would be hard to imagine, but what if Newport was without water for weeks or months?

If the dams fail, or even if they partially fail, our water infrastructure would not be able to provide drinking water to our customers for an indefinite length of time.”

“Big Creek Reservoirs are Newport’s only water source,” said Tim Gross, former Newport public works director. “If the dams fail, or even if they partially fail, our water infrastructure would not be able to provide drinking water to our customers for an indefinite length of time. People would have to move away because there would be no safe drinking water or sanitation.”

Newport is designing the Big Creek Dams Project to eliminate this risk and ensure a safe and resilient water supply for the city. Americans across the nation know the importance of dependable and up-to-date water infrastructure systems. In fact, data shows 88 percent of Americans, from all political parties and regions, support increasing federal investment to maintain and rebuild water infrastructure. To make this project a reality, we are pursuing funding from state and federal sources to ensure that the project is affordable for Newport residents and businesses.

We need your support. No community can thrive without water, and everyone deserves safe, reliable, accessible water services. Investing in our water is investing in a future where no Newport resident will have to imagine a day without water.