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World Water Day 2022

Every year, the 22nd of March is World Water Day and is a UN internationally observed day. It’s aim, is to highlight the importance of freshwater.

In 1992, the year in which the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development met in Rio de Janeiro, and the same year that the United Nations General Assembly committed to the 22 March of each year, to be declared as World Day for Water, to start from 1993.

World Water Day logo

World Water Day helps to celebrate water and raise awareness of the 2.2 billion people around the world, living without access to safe water. Taking action to tackle the global water crisis, is what it’s all about.

One of the core focuses of World Water Day, is to support the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 6, being water and sanitation for all by 2030, so to ensure that the global population have access to safe water 2030!

In 2022, the World Water Day campaign is led by the UN-Water Expert group on climate and water with this year’s theme being Groundwater.

Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible. The theme aims to highlight how important groundwater is to our environment. Here are a few groundwater facts:

  • Groundwater contributes to around half of all our drinking water.
  • Groundwater provides 40% of water for irrigated agriculture.
  • Communities that don’t have access to safe water look to groundwater as an alternative source of drinking water.

World Water Day Groundwater

What happens on World Water Day?
A variety of events take place globally to observe this event to both advocate and educate the sustainable management of freshwater resources. These events are even musical or theatrical, but all with the very important message of water awareness and conservation.

The UN also uses this day to highlight the importance of water usage and the effects it can have on climate change. The campaign shows how our use of water can help reduce floods, droughts, scarcity and pollution, and how it can help fight climate change itself.

By adapting to the water effects of climate change, the UN believes that we can protect health and save lives. And, by using water more efficiently, we can all help to reduce greenhouse gases.

What part will you take on March 22 to reduce water consumption – spend less time in the shower, choose to eat a plant-based meal or even re-use rain water for the garden?