Do you know that World Water Day is on this coming Monday, March 22? Hehehe I don’t either, until I came across a website on World Water Day today. World Water Day is a day where we raise awareness of the issues facing freshwater — and celebrate everything that water does for us. Be grateful that we have clean water, although not for that very long, I discovered!
The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. UN-Water has chosen ”Clean Water for a Healthy World” as theme for World Water Day 2010. It is still a reality that an estimated 1.1 billion people rely on unsafe drinking-water sources. Therefore the theme of World Water Day 2010 is focusing on raising awareness of water quality under the theme “Clean Water for a Healthy World”.
According to the article, “Freshwater Conservation” website, while demand for water is rising, the amount of freshwater on our planet isn’t — just 1 % of the water on Earth is available fresh water (as opposed to salt water) that we can use for drinking, cooking and other needs. Our global response to this quandary our planet is facing must be two-pronged: we must reduce water waste and increase our efforts to keep our natural sources of water — rivers, lakes and natural underground supplies — healthy.
On World Water Day, let us do our part to protect freshwater for future generations with these water and money saving tips:
- Consider cutting a little water usage from your morning routine. Does anyone really need to shower for more than 5-10 minutes?
- Keeping a timer in your bathroom will remind you to wrap up and get out of the shower when the timer buzzer sets off.
- Turning off the tap water faucet while you’re brushing your teeth.
- Cooking your meals from scratch — the manufacturing of frozen foods requires more water than it takes to make a home-cooked meal.
- Checking for — and hastily repair — leaky pipes and faucets. The tiniest leak has far greater impact than you’d think. Many cities lose 40 to 60 percent (or more!) of their water supply due to leaky pipes.
- Turning off the lights when you leave the room. Each year billions of gallons of water are used in the process of creating electricity.
- If a home renovation is in the cards, splurge on low-flow and water-efficient appliances — they’ll save you more money in the long-run.
As part of World Water Day, thousands of Toilet Queues will be organized all over the world from 20-22 March 2010. It’s a Guinness World Record attempt to help solve the global sanitation crisis. So, if you’re feeling a little bit more adventurous and want to do more to celebrate World Water Day, come join the Global Toilet Queue!