Why waste water?

By on March 24, 2017

Awareness of the water crisis

Every year, on March 22, we raise awareness for the water crisis, becoming aware of the fact that one of the most important resources of our planet is water!  

Millions of people do not have a safe water supply close to their home and instead of turning on a tap, they must spend countless hours trekking to find a source of water.

by Janko Ferlic

“More than 650 million people, or 10% of the world’s population, do not have access to safe water, putting them at risk of infectious diseases and premature death.”, according to ibtimes.co.uk

It is well known that dirty water and poor sanitation can cause severe diseases in children, killing, according to United Nations, 900 under-fives every day across the world or one child every two minutes. Among newborn babies, the World Health Organisation sustains that infections caused by a lack of safe water and an unclean environment cause one death every minute somewhere in the world.

by Igor Ovsyannykov

Why waste water?

The theme of World Water 2017 is “Why waste water?”  

Are you a waster? The answer is yes – we’re all wasters. Every time we use water, we waste it: 80% of it just flows back to nature untreated, polluting the environment and wasting a precious resource of our planet.

Water is finite

Let’s reduce the quantity and pollution of our wastewater, and safely reuse as much as we can. We can reduce the water waste at home, in the city, in the industry and agriculture fields. If we treat the water we can reuse it to wash cars and clean the city streets, irrigate fields, and for heating and cooling systems. World Water Day 2017 aims to promote the need for reducing and reusing wastewater, because, in the end, water is finite!

To mark World Water Day 2017, IBTimes UK presents 60 powerful photos to remind us that million of people don’t have access to clean, safe water. You can find some of the photos below and visualize the entire photo gallery here.

World Water Day – Bangladesh

World Water Day – Cambodia

World Water Day – India

World Water Day – China

World Water Day – India

World Water Day – Indonesia

World Water Day – Mexico

World Water Day – Myanmar

World Water Day – Nicaragua

World Water Day – Nigeria

World Water Day – Pakistan

World Water Day – Philippines

World Water Day – Somalia

World Water Day – Syria

World Water Day – Zimbabwe

 

Sources: ibtimes.co.uk, worldwaterday.org

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