Flint residents mark "Imagine A Day Without Water" 3 years after start of water crisis

October 12 marks the third annual “Imagine A Day Without Water." (Photo Credit: Sarah Jaeger)

FLINT, Mich. -- October 12 marks the third annual “Imagine A Day Without Water."

It is a national day to raise awareness and educate America about the value of water and nowhere is that value better known than Flint.

While the national observance is only celebrated for one day, the residents of Flint have been living without water for over 1,200 days.

"Flint doesn’t have to imagine that," says Raise It Up co-founder Lyndava Williams. "We live that every day."

The Flint Strong Stones, We The People of Detroit, and Flint Hub, gathered to bring attention for the need for cleaning drinking water not just in the Vehicle City but throughout the state.

Residents like Ariana Hawk, who’s son Sonny became the face of the Flint Water Crisis when he graced the cover of "Time" magazine, talked about her family's daily struggles.

"It’s been our life for the past 3 years," says Hawk. "It’s not just a day for us. It’s years without water."

Organizers calling on residents to join a social media campaign and urge elected officials to implement ideas such as the Water Affordability Plan.

" It’s become a lifestyle and it shouldn’t," says Wililams. "No person, no community should have to live with poisoned water let alone pay an enormous amount for it."

Also announced at today’s event, “Making Waves”, a training and information session for people attending the women’s convention in Detroit. The training will take place in Flint on October 26th at Woodside Church. The Women’s Convention will begin October 27th in Detroit and run through October 29th.

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