World Water Day

World Water Day, 2010

About World Water Day

The international observance of World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.

WWD 2010: Communicating water quality challenges and opportunities

Every year, 1,500 cubic kilometres of wastewater are produced globally. While waste and wastewater can be reused productively for energy and irrigation, it usually is not. In developing countries 80 percent of all waste is being discharged untreated, because of lack of regulations and resources. And population and industrial growth add new sources of pollution and increased demand for clean water to the equation. Human and environmental health, drinking and agricultural water supplies for the present and future are at stake, still water pollution rarely warrants mention as a pressing issue.

To do something about that UN-Water has chosen Communicating Water Quality Challenges and Opportunities as theme for World Water Day 2010. The overall goal of the World Water Day on 22 March 2010 campaign is to raise the profile of water quality at the political level so that water quality considerations are made alongside those of water quantity.

UNEP has responsibility for taking the lead in 2010, UN-Water announced at a session during the Stockholm World Water Week in August 2009. Keep an eye on their site.

Fact sheets: from the Earth Day Network [EDN], Water Education Page:

Water Background

EDN’s fact sheets will provide you with a clear overview of some of the most important water-related issues. Please feel free to browse and share them all.

Science of Water – Did you know that only 0.8% of all of the water on earth is available for everyday use?

Climate and Water – Will climate change affect the availability of freshwater resources? Read more about climate change, natural disasters, the rise in sea-levels, and extreme weather events to find out why climate change isn’t just about temperature.

Water Demand – Agriculture accounts for 70% of global water demand, but household use isn’t so little, either. If you don’t have a low-flush toilet, every time you flush, you use five to seven gallons of water!

Water Supply and Sanitation – You won’t always hear it on the news, but 1.1 billion people haven’t got enough water to drink, and 2.6 billion lack basic, clean sanitation facilities.

Water and Health – If you’re interested in reducing the prevalence of water-related diseases and saving millions of lives, the first step is improving people’s access to water and sanitation.

Integrated Water Resource Management (IWRM) – Find out what IWRM is and how it significantly improves the success of water projects.