Today, March 22, marks World Water Day. World Water Day is an international day that celebrates water and to shift our focus on the attention of how important freshwater is and how important it is to have sustainable management for freshwater resources. In fact, 783 million people do not have access to clean water according to the United Nations. Also according to the UN, they have warned that 1 in 4 children of the world’s children will live in areas with extremely limited water resources by the year of 2040 from climate change.
There are 1.8 billion people that drink contaminated water that includes feces and these people are in risk for contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio. 6 to 8 million people die each year from these diseases or from results of disasters. Besides knowing facts that came from the UN, we must understand how we can be careful with water consumption. People from other parts of the world, especially undeveloped and third world countries, aren’t lucky like us to be able to get access to clean and freshwater. Water is very important for people on this earth and people will fight for it because they know water is life and water is sacred, like the Native Americans that did not want the Dakota Access Pipeline project to occur on their land of the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. Little things we can do can make a difference and even after World Water Day is done, the concept of preserving water and understanding how water is being affected in so many countries should still stand important every day.
Here are some simple but impactful little things we can do with our water consumption:
- Take shorter showers.
- Turn off the water when you’re brushing your teeth or shaving.
- Defrost frozen food in the fridge.
- Use drip irrigation systems.
- Adjust sprinklers.
- Plant or buy drought-tolerant plants.
- Use buckets of water to wash your car instead of a hose.
- Don’t throw your waste into the toilet.
There are so many ways, in fact check this out to see 100+ more ways of how you can conserve water.
You can also check out the official site for World Water Day and learn more facts and stories and how you can take more action.