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.

Facts About Water To Celebrate World Water Day
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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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Black Water Pouring Out Of Texas Faucets

Black Water Pouring Out Of Texas Faucets

A Texas town is facing a serious health crisis as black contaminated water is pouring out of the town’s residents’ faucets, according to an Fox News article written last night. This comes on the heals of a serious political scandal as the town’s “mayor, city manager, mayor pro tempore, a city councilman and a former councilman were arrested earlier this week.” Not only have the residents been left with little to no government representatives, they also have “no water to drink.” Concerned citizens have banned  together and are donating bottled water to the town until the municipal water is safe.

According to Fox News, “Joel Barajas – the only City Council member not facing criminal charges – told the San Antonio Express-News that he was grateful to residents elsewhere in the region who donated water. The city has blamed the water problem on dirt and mud build up in a water tank that was flushed, the newspaper reported.”

Despite the water bottle donations, the town’s residents are not happy. “We didn’t get a warning” one resident said, “We didn’t get a warning that this was going to happen.”

The Laredo office of the Texas Commission on Environmental is investigating the reports of black water and a water department employee said residents should boil water before using it.

While the people of this Texas town have real signs that they should be worried about their water, your water doesn’t have to be completely black to be unsafe. As we know, the people of Flint (and many other towns) have been dealing with a serious health crisis as unsafe levels of lead were found in the drinking water. This was exceptionally scary because heavy metals like lead, and contaminants like E. coli or Giardia do not change the look or taste of your water. That means that you can’t tell if your water is contaminated by taste or look alone.

So how can we be sure that our water is safe?

“This is  reminder to all of us,”  says Fresh Water Systems Water Quality Specialist Geoff Dethloff, “that even if we have a municipal water source, we are not immune to having contaminants in our water.” Dethloff goes onto explain that while black water is not a common problem, we should be aware of what could potentially be contaminating out water. Fresh Water Systems offers a number of water quality tests that you can do quickly and easily. There are at-home test kits and lab send-in test kits depending on what you prefer.

“If you are concerned about bacteria or particulate matter,” says Dethloff, “you should look into getting a UV system [for the bacteria], and a filter [for the dirt.” Fresh Water Systems offers the Viqua IHS UV system, which filters our sediment and also disinfects your water.

If you have any questions, please call us at (866) 986-8895. One of our certified water quality specialists will be happy to assist you.

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Fracking Linked To Water Contamination

Fracking Linked To Water Contamination

A recent article posted in EcoWatch links fracking to water contamination. As the story reads:

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published their long-awaited draft fracking drinking water study and concluded:fracking has had no widespread impact on drinking water. But if you’ve had your ear to the ground in fracking communities, something didn’t sit right with the EPA’s takeaway. Though the gas industry claims fracking is safe and doesn’t harm drinking water, that story doesn’t match what many landowners report from the fracking fields.

In Pennsylvania, 271 confirmed cases of water degradation due to unconventional natural gas operations (a.k.a. fracking) have been reported.

 

So how can you protect yourself from contamination in your private well? FreshWaterSystems.com has all the answers and products that you need.

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Could Your Tap Water Be Unsafe?

Could Your Tap Water Be Unsafe?

Fox News recently posted an article asking the question, “How safe is your tap water?” And while the EPA’s Safe Water Drinking act does regulate close to 90 water contaminants, the U.S. uses 60,000 chemicals that could get in our water supply. So how can we be certain that our water is safe to drink?

“My biggest concerns are pharmaceuticals and fluoride,” water expert Michael Cervin told FoxNews.com. “Sure, arsenic, lead, uranium and mercury all sound bad, but they are far less worrisome than man-made toxins.”

While this may seem scary, Cervin tells us not to be afraid, saying: “Fear does no good, education does.” And “There are hundreds of different water filter systems available for consumers to choose from – everything from pitchers and dispensers to mounted filter faucets and reverse osmosis systems.”

What are those systems? It depends on what contaminants you are worried about, but FreshWaterSystems.com has a range of filters and disinfecting systems that can help any water problem. Click here to figure out what will work best for you.

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