World Water Day 2020 is a day to call attention to the need for freshwater and water conservation efforts worldwide. It will be celebrated on March 22.
When Did World Water Day Start?
An international day to celebrate and advocate for freshwater was first recommended in 1992 at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating March 22, 1993, as the first World Water Day.
At Owens Soft Water, we know the importance of having clean accessible water as well as being able to conserve water. With our products, you will be able to use water more efficiently. Water softeners, for example, prolong the lifespans of appliances and your plumbing, which means fewer leaks and less wasted water. With a water softener, you will not need to use as much water in the shower or washing dishes because soft water has proven to clean more efficiently.
Now celebrating its 27th year, World Water Day’s 2020 theme is “Nature and Climate Change.” World Water Day is exploring how climate change and water are linked and what we can do to stop the world’s water crisis. The global population is growing and so is the demand for water. Water is our most valuable resource; we must learn how to use it more responsibly.
With World Water Day 2020 quickly coming up, let’s take a look at 7 United Nations and 3 Michigan state water facts:
- About 748 million people around the world are without simple water access.
- In sub-Africa, women and girls spend an estimated 40 billion hours a year collecting water.
- Globally, it is likely that more than 80 percent of wastewater is released to the environment without adequate treatment.
- Almost 1.8 billion people use a source of drinking water contaminated with feces, putting them at risk of contracting cholera, dysentery, typhoid, and polio.
- Since the 1990s, water pollution has worsened in almost all rivers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
- Seven hundred million people worldwide could be displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030.
- More than 2 billion people live in countries experiencing high water stress. The situation will likely worsen as populations and the demand for water grows, and as the effects of climate change intensify.
- The Great Lakes Region is the primary water source for more than 40 million people, according to www.michigan.org.
- Michigan, according to https://www.environmentalcouncil.org, has more than 1 million private domestic wells. That’s more than any other state in the U.S.
- The five Great Lakes, Michigan, Superior, Huron, Erie, and Ontario contain 20 percent of the freshwater supply for the entire world, reports http://www.miwaterstewardship.org.
Here are some steps you can take to limit your water usage at home:
- Turn off Faucets: Don’t let faucets run endlessly when brushing your teeth, shaving, or when rinsing dishes.
- Shorten your showers: Aim for 5 minutes or less to use less water.
- Only flush toilets when absolutely necessary: Every flush is using 5 gallons to 7 gallons of water.
- Always check for leaks in pipes, hoses, and faucets: Don’t let the water go to waste or cause damage to your home.
Contact Owens Soft Water today to discuss the options we have to help you use water more efficiently! Happy World Water Day!