World Water Day: How it started and what is its significance?

World Water Day: How it started and what is its significance?
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This year marks 30 years since the UN declared March 22 to be ‘World Water Day’, an occasion to raise awareness about access to clean water across the world. Since water use and conservation are crucial to preserving the social, environmental, and economic well-being of all societies, World Water Day is an important day on the global calendar.


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History of World Water Day

World Water Day was first proposed in 1992 during the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The UN General Assembly then designated March 22 as World Water Day in 1993.



This year the theme for World Water Day is 'Accelerating the change to solve the water and sanitation crisis', emphasizing the necessity of taking stern action to address the global water crisis. The UN is also launching the UN 2023 Water Conference, which will take place in New York from March 22 to 24. This will be the first event of its kind in nearly 50 years.

Significance of World Water Day

The proverb "Water is the savior of life" is well known. It is necessary for everything in life, from drinking to cleaning. While many individuals enjoy the luxury of having access to running water constantly, a sizable portion of the world's population lacks any kind of water supply.



The purpose of World Water Day is to discuss water management that is sustainable. It also gives us a chance to reflect on the necessity of managing this priceless resource in a sustainable and equitable manner for the benefit of both current and future generations and the significance of water for life.


5 ways to save water

Check faucets and pipes for leaks

This is important as even a small drip can waste 50 or more gallons of water a day.


Stop using your toilet as an ashtray or wastebasket

Every cigarette butt or tissue you flush away also flushes away five to seven gallons of water.


Take baths rather than using the tub

A partially filled tub uses less water than all but the shortest showers.


You can plant drought-resistant trees

There are several beautiful trees and plants that thrive without irrigation.


Water in the morning or evening

Scientifically, water plants first thing in the morning or late in the evening so less water evaporates in the sun.

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