World Water Day was originally derived at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.
As such, it has become an annual event around the world highlighting how important fresh water is to us. This day invites us all to learn about water related issues and how we can take measures to make a difference and impact our own environment at home and further afield.
It’s difficult to over-emphasise how important water is to each and every one of us! Your body is made up of 50% water which is used in all your cells, organs and tissues. Your body loses water throughout the day by breathing, sweating and digestion so it needs to be replenished by drinking fluid and eating foods that contain water.
This also affects the systems we rely on such as education, healthcare, sanitation, business and industry. Roughly 71% of the Earth's surface is covered by water and the oceans hold 96.5% of all Earth's water. Without water there would be no vegetation on land, no oxygen for animals and humans to breathe and the world would look a lot different to how it does in this day and age.
Extreme weather events are making water more polluted, scarce and unpredictable. Water needs to be protected and should not be undervalued. Action plans to tackle climate change need to be integrated to sustain water management and ensure our water supply is kept safe.
We are all responsible for how much water we use. Everyone has a role to play and by taking action we can help to fight climate change and help save water as it is our most precious resource. Here are some simple tasks you can do to make a difference:
At TWC we are conscious about saving water. Especially where a lot of water waste is found - in the washroom! One of the ways businesses can help to reduce water waste is through urinal water saving systems.
Urinal water saving systems are washroom devices that can help reduce water consumption by 90% and are approved under the very latest standards. They work by regulating the flow of water through urinals, shutting them off when not in use. Research has found that facilities in the washroom that run water longer than needed are one of the biggest sources of water waste.
This year, support World Water Day by considering how you can take action both at home and at work to make the world around us a better and more sustainable environment.