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.
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.
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.
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