What does World Water Day mean to you

By Adam Sibuyi

The annual event, on Wednesday, March 22, is devastating reminders of one simple thing we take for granted – clean, safe water to drink, clean our things with and bathe in. The day is held to urge people to tackle the global water crisis. It’s a reminder that 1.8 billion people’s drinking water is contaminated with faeces. Dirty drinking water is truly horrifying – drinking it puts people at risk of contracting everything from cholera and dysentery to typhoid and polio.

boy-drinking-dirty-water
World Water Day is part of a global mission to get safer water for all. It’s a day for people to learn, get involved and take action. This is the 24th year, and it’s organized by UN Water in collaboration with governments and partners.The United Nations organization sets a theme each year.

This woman is gathering water from a local pond, which is used as a source of drinking water. However, due to a Guinea worm larvae infestation, this water must be filtered, in order to remove the copepods (water fleas) that carry the parasitic larvae of the Guinea worm.. Provide communities with safe sources of drinking water (such as from borehole or hand-dug wells), or have existing dysfunctional ones repaired. Because Guinea worm disease (GWD) can only be transmitted through drinking contaminated water, educating people to follow these simple control measures can completely prevent illness and eliminate transmission of the disease: Prevent persons with an open Guinea worm ulcer from entering ponds and wells used for drinking water. Always filter drinking water, using a household cloth filter or pipe filter, to remove the water fleas which harbor the infective Guinea worm larvae.– Treat unsafe sources of drinking water with an approved larvicide, that kills water fleas. Provide communities with safe sources of drinking water (such as from borehole or hand-dug wells), or have existing dysfunctional ones repaired.

The UN decided back in 1992 there needed to be more global awareness on water issues. The United Nations General Assembly decided March 22, 1993, would be the first World Water Day, and it has been held annually since. One of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is to make sure everyone in the world has access to safe water by 2030. This year World Water Day’s theme is wastewater.
Wastewater is water that has been used. This includes water from homes, businesses, industries and institutions. The term covers everything from sewage and bathwater to washing up water. This year’s campaign, ‘Why waste water?’ is about reducing and reusing wastewater.

Glass filled with drinking water from tap, isolated on the white background.
Glass filled with drinking water from tap, isolated on the white background.

How can you avoid wasting water?
UN Water suggests taking these simple steps –
1. Turn off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth
2. Turn off the tap while washing up or scrubbing vegetables.
3. Put rubbish, oils, chemicals and food in the bin, not down the drain. The dirtier your wastewater, the more energy and money it costs to treat it.
4. Collect used water from your kitchen sink or bath and uses it to water your plants
5. You cans also collect and use this water to wash your bike or car.
How else can I get involved in World Water Day 2017?
You can take part in Madiba Youth Organization’s campaign to raise awareness and funds.
Whether you decide to dye your hair blue, bake blue cakes to sell in the office or simply use the hash tag

The Author is the team leader Madiba Youth Organization South Africa

One thought on “What does World Water Day mean to you

  • Owino Irene
    March 22, 2017 at 12:48 pm
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    Water is life. A nice story to remind us how we use water at our homes.

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