World Water Day: March 22
Did you know:
- The human body can last weeks without food, but only days without water.
- Most economic models do not value the essential services provided by freshwater ecosystems.
- Many antiquated water delivery systems waste more water than they deliver.
- It takes 10 liters of water to make one sheet of paper and 91 liters to make 500 grams of plastic.
- Americans use 7,500 liters of water on average per day—mostly for food production.
- Every day women across the world spend 200 million hours carrying water.
In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22nd World Water Day. It’s a day to celebrate water, make a difference for those who are disproportionately impacted by water-related issues, and prepare for how we will manage water in the future. Highlighting a different issue every year, this year's theme is Water and Sustainable Development.
How to get involved:
- Read and share SURF's issue paper, Groundwater Conservation and Reuse at Remediation Sites.
- Pledge to change your daily habits and reduce your water footprint...starting with one shower.
- Network or present a poster at Illinois Water Day, April 10th, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
- Participate in a globally synchronized #lovewater webcast, linking ceremonies from the Ganges in Rishikesh, Oakland's Lake Merritt, Los Angeles' Venice Beach, and other locations.
Learn more about World Water Day here.