The purpose of World Water Day is to bring attention to the state of the world’s supply of freshwater, and how humans can advocate and work for the sustainable management and preservation of this precious resource.
On March 22nd, be a part of the conversation on how urbanization and changing lifestyles are quickly increasing people’s consumption of water, and the steps individuals can take to limit the amount of water they use.
Of all the water on Earth, only 2% is classified as freshwater. Freshwater sources are becoming scarce, due to many factors directly caused by human existence, such as:
Water Pollution and the Environmental Crisis: The pollution of sources of freshwater directly affects these aquatic
environments and the life which requires them to survive. Pollution from
harmful substances and the depletion of the water itself disturbs the
natural balance of aquatic ecosystems, which then cannot be regulated
Overconsumption of Water for Agricultural Purposes: Crop irrigation for water-reliant crops, along with the production of factory farmed meat, use up a large quantity of the water used daily worldwide. Crops such as corn, rice, and wheat require a lot of water to grow efficiently, One pound of boneless beef requires 441 gallons of water.
Now, more than ever, are humans wasting and polluting the supply of freshwater worldwide. Both scientists and environmental activists are working to share knowledge on the key methods of water preservation, including:
By increasing the production of water-efficient crops, limiting consumption and necessity for factory farmed raised livestock, and the safe disposal of hazardous materials, water pollution can be avoided, while using less water as a population in general.
Plumbing technologies have been developed so individual homes and places of business can limit how much water is used every day, without complication. By limiting the amount of water which enters these areas through pipes and faucets, people can effectively reduce water usage overall. Some examples of this water-saving technology are: