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.


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.

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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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