Thank You Laborers!

The first Monday of each September is bittersweet.

On one hand, we have our Labor Day barbeques where we pass the time with some of our friends and family and try not to get ourselves into trouble with fireworks.  We enjoy one last weekend at the beach before sending our kids back to school (finally). Perhaps most importantly, football season begins.

On the other hand, summer is coming to an end. The days are getting shorter and the weather is getting colder.  But before we start thinking about frozen pipes- yikes - let’s take some time to thank the laborers.

Today we recognize our countless employees — as well as those in other fields — and thank them for their efforts.

Thank you to our crews who work tirelessly, responding to emergencies and ensuring water service through even the harshest of conditions. Thank you for your hard work and commitment to outstanding service through long hours and unpredictable circumstances while out in the field.

 

Today we owe them our thanks

 

The carpenters who build our homes…

The electricians who climb our power lines during thunderstorms to keep our lights on…

And (our personal favorites) the utility workers who keep clean, usable water flowing through our bathrooms and kitchens.

These men and women have time and time again demonstrated a true dedication to their work and have provided a strong and reliable infrastructure that we benefit from everyday.

So this weekend as we enjoy ourselves— let’s also show appreciation to those who make our lives easier.

 

Thank you from Aqua America!

 

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7 Glasses of Justice

 

 

Summer is on its hot and sticky way to us, and you know what that means: ice cream by the pool, suntans (or sunburns) at the beach, Avengers: Age of Ultron (because who isn’t, like, totally excited for that?) and, of course, lots and lots of water. Like, so much water. More than the recommended eight glasses a day. Plus there’s all the beach trips, pool visits, sprinkler-jumping, super-soakers, yada yada yada.

 

Speaking of superheroes, wouldn’t the summer be a lot cooler if you had your own water powers? Considering how much water we use during the hotter months, it’d definitely make things a lot easier. Imagine it. What if you could generate and manipulate the essence of life? Imagine having the ability to control 60 percent of the human body and 70 percent of the entire world! Wouldn’t that be, like, totally sick?

 

So, why does nobody get excited about Aquaman? People won’t shut up about Batman, but they forget about Namora. People love chatting about Wolverine and how angry and brooding he is, but Frozone gets no love. And who would you rather have as the CEO of a water charity: Spider-Man or Namor, the Sub-Mariner?

 

I think it’s about time to educate all of you. So, here are the eight best water superheroes, seven glasses of justice.

 

7. Frozone

 

Lucius Best, played by Samuel L. Jackson in The Incredibles, is Mr. Incredible’s best friend and occasional crime-fighting partner. Similar to Iceman, but also totally not, Frozone has the ability to freeze water, including moisture in the air, or even his own body.

 

6. Namora

 

Namora is a superhero from the Marvel Comics Universe, specifically Atlantis, and is the cousin of Namor the Sub-Mariner (we’ll get to him later). She was born of an Atlantean father and a human mother, possesses super-strength, can swim at super speeds, has the ability to breathe above and below water and has super cool wing-like appendages on her ankles, giving her the power of flight.

 

5. Storm

 

One of the more popular X-Men thanks in part to Halle Berry, Ororo Munroe —or Storm —is one of Marvel Universe’s sickest heroes. Storm has the ability to manipulate the weather to any extreme she wills. How does this relate to water? Get her near the ocean or a large body of water, and you’ll have yourselves typhoons, whirlpools and hurricanes, all of which are guaranteed (at the very least) to get you very, very wet.

 

4. Iceman

 

One of the founding members of the X-Men, Bobby Drake, or Iceman, is a mutant with cryokinesis, or the ability to freeze anything around him, including transforming his body into ice. Being one of the original X-Men, Iceman has had his share in many of their battles, becoming increasingly powerful as their story continues.

 

3. Namor, the Sub-Mariner

 

Namor is a superhero, sometimes antihero, who appears in the Marvel Universe. Namor is the child of a human sea captain and an Atlantean princess. Namor possesses super-strength, flight and all sorts of aquatic abilities. He has served with superhero teams such as the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, and the Avengers.

 

2. Aquaman

 

Arthur Curry, better known as Aquaman, is arguably the most recognizable sea hero ever. Easily spotted by his orange torso and green leggings, Aquaman steals the scene with his enhanced strength, swimming talent, healing power, agility and the ability to telecommunicate with and manipulate all undersea life. With an army of sea creatures at his disposal, Aquaman is a tough one to beat.

 

1. Katara

 

While she’s not actually a comic book character, she’s a true hero. Katara is a main character in Nickelodeon’s animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender and is a waterbender. In the Avatar world, there are people who have the ability to bend the four main elements: water, earth, wind and fire. Katara is a waterbender, which means she has the ability to control water, ice, and, with strict concentration, even blood. She can create water whips and giant waves. If it’s wet, Katara can make it do anything she likes.

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