Today, on the 22. March, it is World Water Day. This day was designated by the UN in 1992 to raise awareness to critical water issues and states were invited to set up activities for this day. In 2011 this day is themed “Water for Cities – Responding to the Urban Challenge”.

Half of humanity live in urban areas today, and coping with the demand for fresh water and sanitation is difficult. In developing countries these problems are most pressing: This is where cities grow the fastest, and this is also where many people have no access to safe drinking water and sanitation. The challenges, however, are managable. Technologies for sanitation and to minimize impact on water systems are available. Now they have to be implemented in cities, especially in developing countries.

Suggestions of what you can do for World Water Day:

  • Reconsider your water usage. Do you waste water? Do you turn off the tap while brushing your teeth? Do you use a plug when washing dishes? Do you often take excessive showers or baths? Do your taps often drip for hours and hours?
  • Think about recycling! Producing packaging uses a lot of water, so recycling is a good way to safe water in the production process!
  • How modern is your water supply? Are the pipes isolated, saving water when heating it up? Do you have rainwater collectors? How much water does your toilet use to flush?
  • How about the laundry? Is your washing machine water efficient? Do you always wait until you can load it fully before washing, and does that jumper really need washing now or could you use it another day?
  • Did you know your plants really prefer rainwater? Tap water has chlorine and fluorine in it, which the plants don’t like too much, so watering them with rainwater will make them grow better!
  • Do also consider those things when travelling. Many tourist destination are fragile areas, so try to minimize your water usage. This way you can also set a good example for fellow travellers and locals and your spendings will help funding better technologies!
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