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DNR Highlights "Imagine a Day Without Water" At Milwaukee Take Back My Meds Event

Imagine A Day Without Water shines the spotlight on the value of water in our everyday lives.  - Photo credit: DNR
Imagine A Day Without Water shines the spotlight on the value of water in our everyday lives. Photo credit: DNR

Contact(s): Raechelle Belli, DNR Public Affairs Manager, 608-235-7105,

October 23, 2019 at 11:01:53 am

MADISON, Wis. - The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources is joining elected officials, water utilities, community leaders, educators, and businesses from across the country and state highlighting Imagine a Day Without Water, a nationwide day of education and advocacy about the value of water.

Turning on the tap for clean, safe drinking water, and flushing the toilet with no second thought about what happens next, are things most Wisconsin residents take for granted every day. But drought, flooding, and population changes are stressing water and wastewater systems. Although most Wisconsinites enjoy reliable water service, the state's water infrastructure is aging and is in need of investment.

"Thousands of people across Wisconsin worry about having access to clean, safe drinking water. That's a problem we must solve quickly. Gov. Evers declared this the Year of Clean Drinking Water and has directed us to move quickly and proactively to implement clean water initiatives," said DNR Secretary-designee Preston Cole. "Part of the solution is also shining a spotlight on our own daily impact on water resources as well as highlighting the need for investments in new infrastructure, so hopefully none of us will ever have to experience a day without water."

As part of Imagine a Day Without Water, DNR Assistant Deputy Secretary Todd Ambs will join members of Take Back My Meds MKE for the unveiling of additional drop boxes for unused medicine being placed at CVS Pharmacies across Milwaukee County. Officials from CVS, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and Attorney General Josh Kaul will also be on hand.

The event serves are a reminder to the public not to flush drugs down the toilet or wash them down the drain. Since wastewater treatment systems are not designed to break down medicine, they can end up in the water supply. Additionally, never burn drugs or personal care products in a burn barrel. Whenever possible, take your unused drugs to a collection program or event.

Learn more at and follow the conversation on social media at #ValueWater.

Last Revised: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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