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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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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Three Ways To Stop Using Plastic

Three Ways To Stop Using Plastic

I recently wrote a blog post about a study featured in CNN that warns consumers that even BPA-free plastic is bad for your health. After writing and researching for that post, I looked around my apartment, my bathroom and my kitchen with new eyes. I had plastic everywhere. My reusable water bottle, food containers, and frozen food bags were all made of plastic. In my bathroom, I have a plastic tooth brush, plastic containers for liquid soap, shampoo, conditioner, face wash and mouth wash, and a plastic shower curtain. There is plastic in my shoes, my hair bands, and my hangers. Everywhere around me there is plastic. If the obvious environmental issues involved in using so much plastic were not enough to worry me, the recent article I wrote on the health issues involved in plastic use got me thinking: What are some ways that I can stop using plastic and use a healthier, more eco-friendly alternative?

  1. Use a glass water bottle.

The first and most obvious change that I opted to make was to use a glass water bottle. I try to drink as much water as I can in a day, and I take my water bottle with me to the gym and to yoga. If there is any plastic product that I use on a regular basis, it is this one. FWS offers a number of inexpensive plastic-free bottle choices.

 

2. Use an ecological toothbrush.

If plastic really is a bad as all of the studies say that it is, then brushing my teeth twice, sometimes three, times a day with a plastic toothbrush needs to change. I researched plastic-free alternatives and switched to a compostable bamboo toothbrush. I was worried that it would not brush as well as a plastic toothbrush, but I was wrong. It works just a well and I don’t have the negative health or environmental impact to worry about.

 

3. Switch to glass or ceramic food containers. 

I prepare a lot of my food for the week ahead of time during the weekend so that I don’t need to rush around during my lunch break to try and find what I want to eat. This is a great way to make sure that I am always prepared with food, and that I stick to my healthy way of living, but it is not so great when it comes to the containers that I use. I will often put warm (or even hot) food in plastic containers after I am done preparing it. I’ll then throw it in the fridge and eat from it later in the day or week. This is not good for my health at all, as studies show that the chemicals from the plastic can actually leach into food and then stay stored in my body. I invested in some glass containers and aside from being healthier for me, they actually hold the food a lot better, do not bend or break, and stack much nicer.

4. Reuse and Recycle Plastic Bags.

Some cities in the United States have put a ban on single use plastic bags. Both side of the debate have valid points for and against the use of plastic bags but an immediate step we all can take remembering the “R’s” (reduce, reuse, and recycle). There here are two blog posts that give some ideas how to reuse ziplock bags and reuse plastic grocery bags. We all can do our part in recycling all plastics not just bags. If you need to find a recycle center close to where you live Earth 911 has a great resource that can be found here.

 

In total, this lifestyle change cost me around $40 (and that is mainly because I bought a whole lot of glass containers). People always think that switching to healthier or more environmentally-friendly products will be exponentially more expensive, but that is not entirely true.

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Plastic Water Bottles Are Destroying Our Oceans

Plastic Water Bottles Are Destroying Our Oceans

That’s right. Plastic water bottles are literally destroying our environment, and the most heartbreaking part about it? There are so many other better, healthier, and environmentally-friendly alternatives to single-use plastic bottles.

Right now the average American throws away almost 185 pounds of plastic per year, and only a 5% of that is able to actually be recycled.

“There are billions of pounds of plastic floating around in oceans and other bodies of water, making up about 40% of the world’s surface.”

Plastic contributes to around 90% of all of the trash found in the ocean, and that floating plastic secretes harmful toxins into the soil and water, destroying animal habitats and killing one million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals per year.

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90% of the trash floating in the ocean is plastic waste

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44% of all seabirds have been found with plastic on them

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80% of all single-use plastic bottles become litter

Plastic is not biodegradable, and when you use plastic bottles, you are contributing the 35 billion plastic bottles that are being thrown away each year.  The further add to the problem, plastic takes anywhere from 500 to 1,000 years to degrade.

This means that the plastic water bottle that you bought before your track race will likely float in the ocean or sit in a landfill for around 800 years before it fully degrades.

 

So what exactly can you do about it?

The best thing you can do is avoid plastic bottles altogether. Instead, try a reusable glass growler bottle. It is better for the environment, saves you money, is better for your health (no chemicals) and looks genuinely cool.

Reusable growler bottles are made of glass and do not need to be thrown away after one use. If you do wish to dispose of your growler bottle, it is 100% recyclable and can be recycled endlessly without loss in quality or purity. Recycled glass can be substituted for 90% of raw materials, and can actually be used to make glass products again. Recycled glass containers are always needed because glass manufacturers require high-quality recycled container glass to meet market demands for new glass containers. When you used glass bottles, (even if you opt to recycle them after one or two uses), you are helping to save  more than a ton of natural resources for every ton of glass recycled.

“But no!” you say, “Growler bottles are so expensive! I don’t want to spend $20 on a glass bottle from a hipster boutique website!” And to that, my eco-conscious friend, I say “nay.”

Fresh Water Systems sells all different types of growler bottles in singles and in bulk for way cheaper than any specialty store. I’m talking less-thank-3-dollars-for-a-single-bottle-cheaper. And if you don’t want a glass growler bottle, FWS also has Klean Kanteen Stainless Steel Bottles, and Neo Vas Stainless Steel Bottles, all for a great price and in various sizes. 

So there really is nothing stopping you for sparing your great-great-great-great grandchildren from having to deal with your single-use disposable plastic bottles.

 

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Could Water Contamination & Pollution Ruin Your Beach Trip? The Cleanest and Dirtiest American Beach’s

Could Water Contamination & Pollution Ruin Your Beach Trip? The Cleanest and Dirtiest American Beach’s

During this Independence Day, July 4th 2012, AAA has reported they estimate that over 42 million people will hit the roads many for a summer vacation trip to the beach. Recent news report shows Americas cleanest and dirties beaches and how bacteria water contamination could ruin your fun.
The 4th of July is one of the most traveled holidays and a time that a lot of families take trips. According to a recent AAA report, over 42 million Americans will travel 50 plus miles during the Independence Day holiday weekend. This year is predicted to add an additional 2 million more families, an almost 5% increase from last year. (See AAA Report)

One of Americans favorite vacation spots are our wonderful beaches. Each year millions of people flock to the coastline for fun in the sun, relaxation, and playing in the oceans. Are you one of these 42 million who has planned a trip this July 4th to the beach? Although poor weather and too much sun can ruin a trip to the beach, there is also the unfortunate threat of polluted water that could threaten to close an entire beach itself. Beaches can become contaminated by a variety of sources that contribute to bacteria in the waters, such as storm runoff following a rain, agricultural runoff, wild and domestic animal waste, malfunctioning sewage disposal systems, and sanitary sewer overflows just to mention a few. With all of this in mind, a recent study and report by Fox News has listed some of Americas cleanest and dirties beaches. Below are the listings of the Top Cleanest and Dirtiest Beaches from this Fox News Report:

Clean-and-dirty-beach-map

Cleanest Beaches:

  • Newport Beach, Bolsa Chica Beach, and Huntington State Beach in Orange County, Calif.
  • Gulf Shores Public Beach and Gulf State Park Pavilion in Baldwin County, Ala.
  • Dewey Beach in Sussex County, Del.
  • Ocean City at Beach 6 in Worcester County, Md.
  • Park Point Franklin Park/ 13th Street South Beach Park and Lafayette Community Club Beach in St. Louis County, Minn.
  • Hampton Beach State Park and Wallis Sands Beach in Rockingham County, N.H.
  • South Padre Island in Cameron County, Texas

Dirtiest Beaches:

  • Avalon Beach in Los Angeles County, Calif.
  • Doheny State Beach in Orange County, Calif.
  • Winnetka Elder Park Beach in Cook County, Ill.
  • North Point Marina North Beach in Lake County, Ill.
  • Constance Beach, Gulf Breeze, Little Florida, Long Beach, and Rutherford Beaches in Cameron County, La.
  • Beachwood Beach West in Ocean County, N.J.
  • Woodlawn Beach (Woodlawn Beach State Park) in Erie County, N.Y.
  • Ontario Beach in Monroe County, N.Y.
  • Euclid State Park and Villa Angela State Park beaches in Cuyahoga County, Ohio
  • South Shore Beach in Milwaukee County, Wis.

It goes without saying that you should know to never swim in bacteria contaminated waters. Swimming in bacteria-polluted waters can cause our bodies to experience health problems such as gastroenteritis, fever, vomiting, skin rashes and ear, nose and eye infections. And as with many illnesses, the elderly and the very young are more susceptible to becoming very ill from bacteria contaminated water. FreshWaterSystems.com would like to help remind people that reducing beach water pollution is an investment that makes sense not only because of the economic value of clean water, but also because of the health hazards caused by beach water pollution.

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Water Filters and the Global Efforts of Charity:Water

Water Filters and the Global Efforts of Charity:Water

Charity: Water, a group working with people in 180 cities, used Twitter to raise $500,000 towards clean water distribution for various parts of the globe.

In the United States we are fortunate enough to have municipalities that provide citizens with clean water. We also have numerous filters — for refrigerators, showers, faucets and more — that are designed to remove contaminants in your home’s water.

But Charity: Water’s accomplishment is wonderful news for clean water initiatives around the world. It demonstrates the Web’s ability to draw attention to important topics, as well as inspire people to contribute to causes they believe in.

From the article:

The micro-blogging tool Twitter is often viewed as a one-way broadcasting tool for PR flaks to post press releases and firms to flaunt their merchandize.

However, the site’s marketing potential can be harnessed for more altruistic purposes – as many are starting to discover.

For instance, Amanda Rose, a Canadian living in London, England
discovered Twitter’s tremendous effectiveness for fund raising last
year, quite by chance.

After posting a Twitter message asking for donations to a food bank, she received hundreds of donations.

This led Rose – and her colleague Tony Scott – to realize they could be doing much more.

So they got a group going that -using the power of Twitter’s speaker
box alone – managed to mobilize Twitterers in more than 180 cities with
the goal of raising $500,000 for charity: water, a non-profit that provides clean and safe drinking water to countries in the global south.

 

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