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Saturday, March 06, 2010

Celebrate World Water Day on March 22

Saturday, March 06, 2010 Posted by Vernon Go , , , , No comments

Don't forget to celebrate World Water Day on March 22, this maybe not as fancy as the upcoming Earth Hour 2010 but it is most certainly equally an important advocacy. The theme of World Water Day 2010 on march 22 is: "Clean water for a healthy world." This them reaffirms that clean water is life, and our lives depend on how we protect the quality of our water.

Every year, 1,500 cubic kilometres of wastewater are produced globally. While waste and wastewater can be reused productively for energy and irrigation, it usually is not. In developing countries 80 percent of all waste is being discharged untreated, because of lack of regulations and resources. And population and industrial growth add new sources of pollution and increased demand for clean water to the equation. Human and environmental health, drinking and agricultural water supplies for the present and future are at stake, still water pollution rarely warrants mention as a pressing issue.

A wise scholar once said: “We never know the worth of water till the well is dry.” And it is only in the last decade or so that we have begun to measure the cost of letting the well run dry. Climate change. Food security. Energy supplies. Ill health and epidemics. Endangered lives and livelihoods. These costs are and more are felt more often, and by more people, in recent years.

Managing the world’s water resources has become a crucial undertaking in the new millennium. The situation becomes more challenging when the resources being managed cross national or local borders, where one’s actions could spark conflict in a heartbeat and development is dependent upon resources not within one’s full control.

To do something about that UN-Water has chosen Clean Water for a Healthy World as theme for World Water Day 2010. The overall goal of the World Water Day on 22 March 2010 campaign is to raise the profile of water quality at the political level so that water quality considerations are made alongside those of water quantity.

Please Celebrate and share this awareness World Water Day on March 22, 2010
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