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The World Water Day Today is World Water Day. It is observed annually on March 22, coordinated by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations to raise awareness of the importance of fresh water in our everyday lives, including the relationship between water and the food we eat. World Water Day is a campaign to promote healthy sustainable diets, less water consumption, less food wastage and the production of better quality food with less water and offers us a great opportunity to consider increased water conservation in our daily life. Let us take this opportunity to pause and ponder upon the water crisis faced by the World and our role in it. In order to better preserve this precious resource for us and the future generations, it is important that we understand the impact that our actions today have on water usage and availability. With the world’s population expected to reach 9 billion by 2050, coupled with increased urbanization and rising incomes worldwide, the demand for food is anticipated to double in the next 50 years. Why should we care? 1. Less than 1% of the earth's water is suitable for drinking. 2. 884 million people lack access to clean water (that’s nearly three times the US population) 3. 196 million without water access in South, West and Central Asia. 4. One in eight people do not have clean drinking water. Forty percent of them live in Sub-Saharan Africa 5. An estimated 200 million hours are spent each day globally collecting water. 6. In just one day, it is estimated that more than 152 million hours of women and girls' time is consumed for the most basic of human needs — collecting water for domestic use.


7. Surveys from 45 developing countries show that women and children bear the primary responsibility for water collection in the vast majority (76%) of households. 8. In developing countries, drought is ranked as the most common cause of severe food shortages, causing more deaths than any other natural disaster over the last century. What can we do? The first of many challenges is awareness. How much water have you used today? It may be more than you think. For example, despite the prevalence of water scarcity, global diets are shifting to include more red meat and other water-intensive foods. The H2O footprint of livestock is already huge, not including the water used in processing the meat, milk and other dairy products. But before changing what we eat, we have to change how we eat—this effectively means reducing waste. So let’s get involved, conserve water, reduce waste, spread the word and share helpful tips on saving water with family, friends and coworkers. Please find attached a few tips on how to conserve water. You can also submit articles / posters / messages around similar topics to be posted on the Notice Board. This World Water Day is a call to action. Unless we increase our capacity to use water wisely and make it a central component of our daily life, we won’t be able to sustain one of the most critical finite resources over the next few decades. For Sustainable Water Treatment for Clean Drinking Water visit http://www.swiss-cleanwater-group.com/


International Year of Water Cooperation