When you turn on a faucet, do you ever stop and think about the resources necessary to make the resulting water flow possible? Most people don’t, which is why “World Water Day” exists, which is on March 22nd this year.
World Water Day was initiated in 1993 by the United Nations to bring awareness to our world’s water resources. Each year, one of various UN agencies involved in water issues takes the lead in promoting and coordinating international activities for World Water Day. This year, the theme is “Water and Sustainable Development”. This theme calls us to realize the impact we have on nature when we use water, recognizing that water is a precious resource!
One of the best ways to preserve water is to turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth. This simple act can save up to 4 gallons per minute. (That’s up to 200 gallons a week for a family of four!) Here are some other simple things you can do to honor World Water Day:
-Use filtered water instead of buying bottled water
-Cut down on your time in the shower
-Fix any leaky faucets to save both water and money
If each individual takes a few small steps, we can make a major impact!