Water is one of the most important factors of our lives. Activities such as washing, gardening, and swimming would not be available if there is no water; Life without water cannot be imagined. In industrialized countries, industries consume more than half of the water supplies for human use. For example, Belgium uses 80% of the water for industry and the United States uses 70% indoors.
Due to population growth and industrialization, water gets polluted drastically each year. According to The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Freshwater withdrawals have tripled over the last 50 years while the world’s population is growing by roughly 80 million people each year. To inform people the seriousness of water management problems and protect water resources, the United States designated March 22nd as World’s Water Day since 1995. But, did you know this day even existed?
Each year has a theme. Last year’s theme of the World’s Water Day was “Water and Jobs.” This theme focused on how “enough quantity and quality of water can change workers’ lives. This year’s official theme is “Wastewater” which highlights the symbiosis between water and wastewater in the quest for sustainable development.
With the summer months just around the corner, it is important that we understand the impact we have on the world’s water and that we are conscious of how much water we use and waste daily. There are many ways that we can reduce water use in our ordinary day. For example, shortening a shower 1 minute saves 12L of water. Recycling and re-forming materials are also available.
In the end, even though America is not part of the countries with a water shortage, there is no guarantee that it will last forever. Ways we can prevent water loss in our ordinary days are infinite. It is always the first step that is hard. But like Nathanael Boehm says, “It can be small, subtle differences that can have a huge impact.”