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International World Water Day – March 22, 2015

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International World Water Day – March 22, 2015

By Sustainability Interns | March 6, 2015

International World Water Day is an annual event held on March 22nd that serves to focus attention on the importance of drinkable water, as well as the advocating of sustainable management of freshwater resources. The first World Water Day took place on March 22,1993. Previously, the theme of water and energy as a pair was widely advocated. These two subjects are closely interlinked and interdependent. Water is required to produce nearly all forms of energy, while energy is needed in every stage of water extraction, treatment, and distribution. The reason this is such an important issue is that the supplies are limited while demand is constantly increasing. The demand for both water and energy is expected to increase over the upcoming decades. This fact will strain resources in nearly every region, especially in developing nations.

Water is essential for both human and environmental health. Each day, every person needs access to water for the purpose of drinking, cooking, and personal hygiene. On average, each person in America uses 7,500 liters of water per day, mostly for food. One liter of water is needed to irrigate on calorie of food. When this process is inefficient, this number can shoot up to around 100 liters to produce one calorie. As a way to put this in perspective…

Agriculture is the largest user of water on a global scale. Despite progress made over the last decade, there is an estimated 750 million people who do not have access to improved sources of drinking water. When viewing water on an environmental level one begins to understand the true importance of realizing the issues associated with water. All freshwater is dependent on the continued healthy functioning of ecosystems. In addition, water is a driving force in manufacturing. Every manufactured product requires water. The global water demand for manufacturing is expected to increase drastically within the upcoming decades.

World Water Day is a day dedicated to celebrating water. It serves as a day to make a difference for those in the global population that currently suffer from water related issue. The theme for 2015 is “Water and Sustainable Development”. It is about how water is a vital aspect in all areas we need when considering how to create the future we want. Humanity needs water. Water is at the core of sustainable development. The range of services water resources provide underpin poverty reduction, economic growth, and environmental sustainability. The importance of water ranges from food and energy to human and environmental health. Water aids in the improvements of social well-being, affecting the lives of all that inhabit the globe.

Clean, safe drinking water is scarce. However, we take it for granted, waste it, and pay much more than needed to drink it from plastic bottles. Water is the foundation of life. As more people put ever increasing demands on limited supplies, the cost and effort to maintain water will increase. Understanding the problem is the initial steps in solving it. Seeing that this is a global issue, it is every individual’s responsibility to find ways to get involved and become proactive in searching for solutions.
To learn more about how to make a difference this month, please visit www.unwater.org.

- Memphis

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