World Water Day

A day to get informed, engaged and inspired to act!

About this day

World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference.

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World Water Day dates back to the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development held in Rio, Brazil where it was recommended to designate an international observance for water.

The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day. It has been held annually since then.

Theme for 2016

Although yearly this day is supported in a variety of ways and means something different to everyone, there is always a new theme and campaign.

This year the theme is”Better Water means Better Jobs”. Which focuses on how important water is within the workplace.

Today, almost half of the world’s workers – 1.5 billion people – work in water related sectors and nearly all jobs depend on water and those that ensure its safe delivery. Yet the millions of people who work in water are often not recognized or protected by basic labour rights.

Water has the ability to create paid and decent jobs.

It can contribute to a greener economy and sustainable development. But for this to happen, we need more qualified workers. And we need those workers to work in dignity, equality, safety and have a fair income.

How we can all take part

Every year, tens of thousands of people get involved in World Water Day. Below are some examples of activities:

Make your voice heard on social media by sending a selfie or groupie on how water is part of your daily job;
• Tell us how water has changed your – or the people in your community’s – life;
• Think about what water means to you and make an art work;
• Organize a debate in your school, university, community, office or organization;
• Organize a concert or a play;
• If you are a teacher or student, propose/organize a lesson on water;
• Record a film and send it to us;
• Write a song;
• Organize a photo contest;
• Organize a sports event;
• Develop a game or an app;

Additionally, Water Aid are running some social and marketing campaigns to push towards everyone having access to clean drinking water by 2030.

Here is how you can take part:

  • Head over to their website here to download their filter. Change your profile picture on Facebook/Twitter for one day with their blue filter to show your support.
  • Sign their petition
  • Find different ways to make yourself blue. Dress blue, paint yourself blue or even sing the blues.

Water and gardening

So many of our customer’s use water butts next to their sheds to catch the rainwater.

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Water is a vital part of gardening and growing!

Water butts are an ideal way for gardeners to conserve water. Many people also connect their water butt to the indoors to maximise it’s purpose and to conserve more water.

If stored correctly (this is not suitable for urban areas) but water butts can also store safe drinking water, which is some parts of the country is a huge advantage. It can also be used to wash clothes and for flushing a toilet.

As the theme for this year’s World Water Day focuses on ”Better Water Better Jobs” we believe a water butt can help improve hundreds of different jobs. Gardeners, farmers and generally anyone working in agriculture across the world could start to use a water butt to conserve more water.

Check out the Waterwise website for a detailed guide on how to save water in your garden.

Other ways to conserve water

Save Water Save Money have a huge collection of different water conserving products and all at very low prices. If you want to view how you can conserve water not just in the garden bus also around the home then head over to their website here.

Try using a low-flow shower head to conserve more water. Eartheasy.com have the simplest, least-expensive solutions for conserving more water around the home including low-flow shower heads.

Take shorter showers and turn the tap off when brushing your teeth.

See if your energy supplier offers any free kits for saving energy/water. Bristol Water offer this free water kit which is pretty cool!

 

Further reading:

http://www.unwater.org/world-water-day-2018/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Water_Day

http://www.wateraid.org/uk/get-involved/blue4water

http://www.waterday.org/

http://programme.worldwaterweek.org/event/4533

 

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