WORLD WATER DAY: “WHY WASTE WATER?”

InicefMarch 22, was the World Water Day. This year, the United Nations asks the world, “Why Waste Water?” According to a UN source, over 1.8 billion people around the world use sources of drinking water contaminated with faeces. This puts them at the risk of contracting cholera, typhoid, polio, dysentery, and other water-borne diseases. Women UNICEF/NYHQ2012-2002/Shehzad Nooran in many parts of the world still walk for miles to get water for domestic use, this sometimes expose them to the danger of attacks or sexual assault. Many girls in rural communities also miss school because they have to walk long distances to fetch water.

Access to safe and clean water is a human right. In 2015, the 193 Member States of the SDG 6United Nations adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals which includes access to “Clean Water and Sanitation” (Goal 6). SDG target 6.3 requires us by 2030 to “improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping, and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally.” When next you leave your tap or shower running for too long, recall the UN question: “Why waste water?” Click here to download a Fact sheet on water.

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