World Water Day Facts

World Water Day Facts

World Water Day Facts

What is World Water Day? Water doesn’t just keep us alive, it makes possible everything that makes life worth living. Whether it is washing your hands before a family meal, drinking a bottle of water during a hike with your friends, or just turning on the faucet to get clean, healthy water at your home, none of it would be possible if you did not have access to clean water. So when World Water Day is celebrated, we are not only celebrating water, we are celebrating life, family, love, gratitude, and much more. We are celebrating life! Read more below to learn all about why World Water Day is celebrated, the importance of World Water Day, and other World Water Day facts.

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What Is World Water Day? 

World Water Day is an annual event celebrated on March 22. The day focuses attention on the importance of freshwater and advocates for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

How Do I Celebrate World Water Day?

You can do a lot of different World Water Day activities to celebrate!

  • Donate to a reputable organization.
  • Post a picture on your Facebook page to raise awareness.
  • Conserve water! 
    • While you should be doing this every day, take special care to save water today. Take a shorter shower, turn off the faucet when you aren’t directly using your water. Click here for more water conservation tips and tricks.
  • Just take time to be grateful
    • Fresh and clean water is not as easily accessible in some places as it is in US and Canada, take today to be grateful for what you have.
  • Celebrate with your children!
    • Click here for an interactive water conservation lesson plan from PBS.
    • Download this interactive Water Use Worksheet.
    • Play these interactive games.

When Is World Water Day?

World Water Day is celebrated annually on March 22.

What Is The History of World Water Day?

According to the UN, 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.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution A/RES/47/193 of 22 December 1992 by which 22 March of each year was declared World Day for Water, to be observed starting in 1993, in conformity with the recommendations of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) contained in Chapter 18 (Fresh Water Resources) of Agenda 21.

States 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.

For more information, visit www.un.org

What Is The Importance of World Water Day?

Water is what makes life possible. Without it, the world simply would not exist. Word Water Day is a day to celebrate water, and to raise awareness for how water affects our lives, and how many areas of the world do not have adequate access to a clean water supply. Every year, World Water Day focuses on a different aspect of the importance of water. In the past, it has aimed to advocate for Water and Sustainable Development (2015), Water and Energy (2014), Water and Food Security (2013), and many others. This year, World Water Day focuses on Water and Jobs.  This theme shows the correlations between water and jobs created either directly or indirectly by water sources on the globe.

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Should You Trust The Government Alone With Your Water Quality?

Should You Trust The Government Alone With Your Water Quality?

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Can You Trust The Government With Your Water Quality?

Between the lead contamination in Flint, Michigan, the black water coming out of the pipes in Crystal City, Texas, and the chemical water pollution recently discovered in Hoosick Falls, New York, it seems natural to wonder: Should you trust your government alone to regulate the water coming out of your tap, or should you take personal precautions as well?

In the United States, public drinking water is governed by the laws and regulations enacted by the state and federal governments. The most notable regulation is the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) of 1974. This is the principal federal law that applies to every public water system in the United States. Enforced by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), it is intended to ensure safe drinking water for public consumption. The SDWA regulates six different contaminants:

 

  1. Microorganisms
  2. Disinfectants
  3. Disinfection Byproducts
  4. Inorganic Chemicals
  5. Organic Chemicals
  6. Radionuclides

While the federal and state governments have set federal drinking water standards in place, not all of the water regulations are strictly monitored. For example, according to CNN the Flint, Michigan government was “warned about not calling drinking water in Flint safe because of an increase in Legionnaires’ disease cases in the county…nearly a full year before [they] publicly disclosed the emergency.”

Similarly, state health officials in New York were informed of the presence of harmful chemicals in the tap water of Hoosick Falls, New York as far back as August 2014, but did not immediately raise an alarm. In fact, it was not a government agent in Hoosick Falls, New York who brought the water contamination to light. It was a local resident, Michael Hickey, who did so after his father died of kidney cancer is 2013. Once this resident brought the issue to the public’s attention, the government began taking action.

While these cases are extreme, many municipalities do monitor the quality of their water diligently. However, mistakes and oversights happen, and when it is a matter of the health of you or your family, it is better to be safe than sorry.

History of Safe Drink Water Act

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Always Trust The Government

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Describe Government Programs As Well-Run

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Think Most Ordinary Americans Can Do A Better Job Solving Problems

According to a recent study that surveyed how Americans view their government, only 19% say that they can trust the government always or most of the time. That is among the lowest levels of trust in the past half-century.  So when there is toxic water pollution, a boil alert, chemicals in the tap water, or ground water pollution, most people probably wouldn’t trust their government alone to protect them.

So what can we do to protect ourselves from harmful water pollution when federal drinking water standards and water regulation put forth by the Safe Water Drinking Act of 1974 are not enough?

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Test Your Water Supply. 

The first step to making sure that you are adequately protected against water contaminants is to test your water supply to see what is already in it. In addition to illness, a variety of less serious problems such as taste, odor and staining of clothing or fixtures are signs of possible water contamination. Regardless of your water source, you should test your water immediately if:

  • You suspect that you or another member of your household is getting sick because of the drinking water
  • You suspect that there is lead in your drinking water
  • You live in an area where boil alerts are common
  • You or someone in your home is pregnant or nursing
  • You have or expect an infant to be living in your home
  • You notice a change in the color, taste or odor of your water

For more information, you can visit this EPA-provided home water testing resource.

Find A Filtration or Disinfection System That Works For You. 

You will require a different type of filtration or disinfection system depending on what water contaminants you find in your water or what you are worried about in the future. If you are a home-owner worried about microorganisms such as E. coli or Giardia, you could look into getting an ultraviolet water disinfection system.

If you are more concerned with fluoride, chlorine or chloramine, you might be more interested in a system that uses reverse osmosis to filter your water.

For more information on what filter works best for you, visit FreshWaterSytems.com.

 

Most Municipalities Do Their Job Wonderfully

Many municipalities follow the water quality standards set forth by the SDWA diligently, and those government officials work tirelessly to ensure that their citizens have access to safe drinking water. However, mistakes can happen. It takes time to notice the need for and to issue a boil alert or similar warning about unsafe drinking water due to infrastructure or a malfunction in their filtration or disinfection systems.

So why risk it? Visit FreshWaterSystems.com today for more information.

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