World Water Day 2018 – what is it all about?

The United Nations has long been addressing the global crisis caused by unsafe water and sanitation and growing demands on the world’s water resources to meet human, economic and environmental needs.

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

Since then, World Water Day has turned from a celebration to an important awareness event to focus attention on the importance of universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities in developing countries.

This year, World Water Day is based around nature and will explore nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. Damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption so it is important that we advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

How can we reduce floods, droughts and water pollution? By using the solutions we already find in nature.

 

Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their health, education and livelihoods. Many have spend countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water. This is just not acceptable and more work must be done to ensure everyone in this world has access to safe, clean water; a fundamental human right.

The UN has declared that access to clean water and sanitation is a fundamental human right.

BBC News, 2010

Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG 6) commits the world to ensuring that everyone has access to safe water by 2030, and includes targets on protecting the natural environment and reducing pollution.  This year, World Water Day will be more poignant than ever in accelerating this development and coming up with sustainable solutions to this global crisis.

On World Water Day, 22 March 2018, the International Decade for Action: Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028 will be launched at the United Nations. This will look to accelerate efforts towards meeting water-related challenges, including limited access to safe water and sanitation, increasing pressure on water resources and ecosystems, and an exacerbated risk of droughts and floods.

Water is an essential building block of life. It is more than just essential to quench thirst or protect health; water is vital for creating jobs and supporting economic, social, and human development.

1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with faeces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid and polio. Unsafe water, poor sanitation and hygiene cause around 842,000 deaths each year.

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It is not right that so many people in the world don’t have access to clean drinking water. It is not a life that they deserve and more has to be done to help them.

If these people had a Water-to-Go bottle, they wouldn’t be at risk to these illnesses such as cholera and polio. Our unique 3-in-1 filter technology eliminates well in excess of 99.9% of microbiological contaminants including viruses and bacteria from any non-salt water source in the world.

 

Water-to-Go are looking to do our bit for World Water Day and will announce this in due course. Water-to-Go is a sustainable solution to this crisis so join our journey and support us to help make a difference.

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