World Water Day

Today is International World Water Day.  A day dedicated to focusing on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. This year’s theme is ‘Water for Cities’, calling attention to the growing demand for clean water in the world’s cities.  Many of us take this precious resource for granted.  We use it every day without even thinking, but it’s important to remember that not everyone has access to fresh, clean water at the turn of a tap.

Take some time to stop and think about how lucky we are in the UK to have fresh, clean, drinkable water and visit the World Water Day website for more information on World Water Day, including a list of worldwide events.

Some facts:

  • 27% of the urban population in the developing world does not have piped water in the house;
  • Every month the world’s cities grow by 5 million new residents;
  • 827 million people live in slums where sanitation is inadequate and clean drinking water is hard to find;
  • Worldwide, nearly 500 million people share their sanitation facilities. In 1990, that number was only 250 million;
  • Poor sanitation causes cholera, malaria and diarrhoea.