World Water Day and the Growing Concern over Water

World Water Day 2024, water for Peace.

The World is Celebrating World Water Day today and on one hand, India’s IT Hub Bengaluru is facing its Worst Water Crisis.

Just 2.5 percent of the Earth’s water is categorized as fresh. India faces a significant water crisis, highlighted in the 2019 Niti Aayog report, despite being home to 17 percent of the global population, it holds only 4 percent of the world’s freshwater resources. World Water Day, observed annually on March 22nd, emphasizes the importance of freshwater resources. Below, we delve into the theme of this year’s event, its historical context, and its significance. Furthermore, adopting five simple measures to conserve water can effectively tackle this urgent problem.

Water For Peace: This year’s theme for World Water Day

The scarcity of fresh water frequently leads to disputes among individuals, communities, and nations. Alarmingly, the United Nations (UN) reports that only 24 out of 153 countries have implemented water-sharing agreements. To mitigate potential conflicts and ensure access to essential water resources across borders, water conservation is crucial. This endeavor aligns with Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6, which seeks to provide water and sanitation for all by 2030.

For Instance the Internal conflict between states like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka over Kaveri Water. The conflict between India and Pakistan Over Indus Water etc.

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The Historical Background

During the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, a proposal to designate an annual day for water conservation was put forth as part of the UN’s Agenda 21.

Following this, in December of the same year, the UN General Assembly officially endorsed this proposal with its resolution A/RES/47/193, thereby designating March 22 as World Water Day. The first observance of World Water Day occurred the subsequent year, with the theme, “Caring for our Water Resources is Everybody’s Business.”

World Water Day, observed by the UN and coordinated by UN Water, serves to raise awareness about crucial issues surrounding water usage. This day aims to inspire individuals, elected officials, governance figures, and lawmakers to take proactive measures in addressing the ongoing crisis of water and sanitation worldwide.

Steps to conserve water

  • Reuse Water: Collect rainwater for watering plants, and reuse water from cooking or rinsing fruits and vegetables for watering indoor or outdoor plants.
  • Water-Smart Landscaping: Choose drought-resistant plants for landscaping, and water your garden or lawn during the coolest part of the day to minimize evaporation.
  • Full Loads: Wait until you have a full load before running the dishwasher or washing machine to maximize water efficiency.
  • Turn Off Taps: Turn off the tap while brushing teeth, shaving, or washing dishes by hand to avoid unnecessary water consumption.
  • Shorter Showers: Take shorter showers and consider turning off the water while soaping or shampooing to save water.
  • Use Water-Efficient Appliances: Install water-saving devices such as low-flow showerheads, faucets, and toilets to reduce water usage.
  • Educate Others: Spread awareness about water conservation among family, friends, and community members to encourage collective action in saving water.

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