Why do we have a World Water Day?

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So why do we have a World Water Day?

This 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.

In Africa, 319 million people, representing 32% of sub-Saharan Africans, don’t have safe drinking water, the LA Times reports.

According to a piece on www.worldwaterday.org, the vast majority of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature without being treated or reused – polluting the environment, and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials.

“Instead of wasting wastewater, we need to reduce and reuse it. In our homes, we can reuse greywater on our gardens and plots. In our cities, we can treat and reuse wastewater for green spaces. In industry and agriculture, we can treat and recycle discharge for things like cooling systems and irrigation,” it says.

In 1992, at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, an international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

Countries were invited to devote the Day, as appropriate in the national context, to concrete activities such as the promotion of public awareness through the production and dissemination of documentaries and the organization of conferences, round tables, seminars and expositions related to the conservation and development of water resources and the implementation of the recommendations of Agenda 21.