New Delhi, March 22: Today, World Water Day is celebrated across the globe. Water is essential for each and every living being for the building block of life. Therefore, United Nation organization this year has set the theme “Why Wastewater?” in order to reduce and reuse as over 80% of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature polluting the environment and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a series of tweet extended his greetings on the World Water Day and also urged people to save water and to preserve it. He also lauded the efforts of United Nations for choosing a theme wastewater which will help further awareness on water recycling and why it is essential for our planet.
World Water Day is a reminder of one simple thing we should not take water as a grant and must utilize it in a proper way. The day is held to urge people to tackle the global water crisis. World Water Day is part of a global mission to get safer water for all.
Water is more than just essential to satisfy thirst or protect the health and also water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development. Though developed countries across the globe get enough and clean water for daily use etc but still over 1.8 billion people’s drinking water is contaminated with bodily waste.
Therefore, water which is known as a supporter of life becomes dreadful and contaminated water leads to several diseases like cholera and dysentery to typhoid and polio which also sometimes lead to death. Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.
Facts at glance:
· Over 80% of the wastewater generated by society globally, flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused.
· 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with human waste, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio. Unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene cause around 842,000 deaths each year.
· The opportunities from exploiting wastewater as a resource are enormous. Safely managed wastewater is an affordable and sustainable source of water, energy, nutrients and other recoverable materials.
Please do not waste water:
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 use it to water your plants
5. You can also collect and use this water to wash your bike or car.
Notably, 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. World Water Day is an annual event celebrated on 22 March. The day focuses attention on the importance of universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities in developing countries. The day also focuses on advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
World Water Day is supported by stakeholders across the globe. Many organizations promote clean water for people and sustainable aquatic habitats. Events such as theatrical and musical celebrations, educational events, and campaigns to raise money for access to clean and affordable water are held worldwide on or close to 22 March.
UN-Water selects a theme for each year. Previous themes include: 'Water and Jobs' (2016) and 'Water and Sustainable Development'. Interestingly, the first International World Water Day, designated by the United Nations, was commemorated in 1993. This is the 24th year, and it’s organized by UN-Water in collaboration with governments and partners. The main objective of UN is to make sure everyone in the world has access to safe water by 2030.
SAVE WATER SAVE LIFE