The United Nations World Water Day, takes place today, 22 March every year, to aim to take action to tackle the water crisis.
Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water. The Sustainable Development Goals, have a target ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030, making water a key issue in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty.
World Water Day was launched by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993 to aim to raise awareness of those living without a safe water supply. This years theme is wastewater, a subject Site Equip deals with on a daily basis.
Why wastewater theme?
World Water Day aim to promote the usefulness of wastewater and where we can reuse it instead of wasting it. The greywater waste can be reused on gardens and plots. In industry and agriculture we can treat and recycle for many systems including cooling and irrigation. By recycling this we will make the water cycle work better for every living thing. Globally, over 80% of the wastewater generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused. The costs of wastewater management are greatly outweighed by the benefits to human health, economic development and environmental sustainability – providing new business opportunities and creating more ‘green’ jobs.