What is World Water Day?
World Water Day is a time for everyone to have a think about the water that we have on this planet and those that don’t have access to it. It is on Tuesday 22 March 2016.
This year the theme for World Water Day is: ‘better water, better jobs’. When you have water you free up time for education, jobs and moving your life forward.
Not everyone has access to water and sanitation. With larger populations moving into cities, water becomes a fundamental issue for health and growth.
- 768 million people do not have a safe source of drinking-water
- 2.5 billion people, or almost one third of the population do not have access to appropriate toilets. There are 1 billion people worldwide who have to practice open defecation. Where do you go to the toilet?
Water is a right. On 28 July 2010, the United Nations General Assembly recognized the human right to water and sanitation. It also acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realization of all human rights
Water is a feminist issue. When you don’t have access to water, it is often women who are expected to fetch it. This is time that could be better spent. In rural Africa girls have to leave school early because there are not adequate toilets. These girls are a lost economic resource.
Water is a health issue. Doctors have voted sanitation the most important medical discovery ever. Access to safe water and adequate sanitation is one of the most efficient ways of improving human health. The World Health Organization has estimated the economic costs avoided, and returns gained, by various levels of investment in water supply and sanitation services: every $1 invested in improved water supply and sanitation yields gains of $4 to $12, depending on the type of intervention.
Water is good for you. If you sip water through the day, your body and mind will be stronger.
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