World Water Day – What’s it About?

United Nations World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about taking deliberate action to tackle the water crisis. 

Did you know, 1.8 billion people use a contaminated source of drinking water putting them at a serious risk of contracting diseases.  Unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene cause around 842,000 deaths each year (WHO/UNICEF 2014/WHO 2014).

This years, focus is on reducing and reusing wastewater, particularly the volume and pollution levels of wastewater.

The majority wastewater from our homes, cities, industries and agriculture flows back to nature without being treated or reused – damaging the environment, and wasting recoverable nutrients and materials.  In our homes, we can reuse greywater on our gardens and plots. In our cities, we can treat and reuse wastewater for green spaces. In industry and agriculture, we can treat and then recycle discharge for use in applications such as in cooling systems or for irrigation.

 

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For more information visit http://www.worldwaterday.org/