Today, the 22nd March, is a global celebration day, known as World Water Day, created by the United Nations back in 1993. You may be asking why we need this – what’s it all about?
The United Nations General Assembly took the view that there was a vital need, to highlight to the world, the problems being faced globally with regards to water, not just as a natural resource – being the main building block in the life and survival of every single human being – but as a vital necessity for society and, for life as we know it, to be maintained.
In an ever-changing and developing world, water is needed on a health and social level, but in addition, a large part of our economy relies on water, with over half of the world’s population, in some way, working with water or being involved in water-related industries. Running a small office with four employees, a small café on the High Street or a multinational corporation – all only continuing to trade and exist due to the provision of water.
To try and increase awareness and illustrate the concerns regarding water, the UN chooses a new theme each year – an expression of water’s importance that can be visualised and understood around the world. Each country is encouraged to arrange events and celebrations for World Water Day based on their needs and requirements for water within their own national society.
For example, in previous years they have had Water for Sanitation, Water and Food Security (the lack of water means lack of food), and Water for Cities, responding to the increase in water usage due to our ever-growing urban cities.
Fresh water, in particular, is very much taken for granted. For the majority of us, taking a shower, flushing a toilet and having a drink of water is a natural daily occurrence, however many countries around the world lack this basic resource resulting in famine and death.
The theme for 2017, is called ‘Wastewater’ and is highlighting the drastic need to reduce water wastage but also identify ways to reuse water in an attempt to maintain and improve the world’s demand on our precious resource.
Therefore, we thought it would be helpful – in giving our support to World Water Day – to provide you with some hints on how you can reduce your water usage, reuse your water and a key tip on how to check that you not unknowingly wasting water:-
- Fit your toilets with a double flush mechanism – this allows a very short flush (needed for most occasions) and reduces water usage.
- Turn off the tap while you’re brushing your teeth, just turn on to rinse.
- Shower rather than bathe – whilst we all love to stand and debate our day in the relaxing heat of a shower – let’s use it for what it’s for – get in, get washed and get out.
- Make the most of the rains – set up water butts around your property to make the most of storing the water which can be then be used for watering the garden.
- In hotter times, use pans of cooled cooking water or bath water to water plants.
- Make sure taps are switched off properly and not left to drip.
- And keep an eye on your usage by checking your water bills. Water leaks, even small ones, will be leaking clean water – water that incurred a cost to be cleaned and sent to your home – if you have a leak then you need to deal with the problem swiftly.
Working together to improve our water usage and learn to reuse water – just as we have with the recycling of goods and rubbish – is the aim and now, innovative technology has been created to assist with reducing water wastage. If you are concerned that you have a leak in your home or business premises, then a simple scan of the structure of the property – using various types of technology such as infrared – can identify a leak or damp patch and pinpoint its location. This allows a swift, cost effective, repair.
You avoid the cost of extensive rectification works and help to support the UN and World Water Day by being more conscious of the ways in which water can be wasted.
Happy World Water Day!