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World Water Day – Valuing water

Held annually on the 22nd March, World Water Day is an official United Nations event, coordinated by UN Water in collaboration with governments and partners across the world. Its objective is to raise awareness about the global water crisis and support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030. 

This year’s theme is all about what water means to people, its true value and how we can better protect this vital resource. The value of water is about much more than its price – water has enormous and complex value for our households, food, culture, health, education, economics, and the integrity of our natural environment. If we overlook any of these values, we risk mismanaging this finite, irreplaceable resource. 

SDG 6 is to ensure water and sanitation for all. Without a comprehensive understanding of water’s true, multidimensional value, we will be unable to safeguard this critical resource for the benefit of everyone.

This year, World Water Day is asking people to explore:

  • How water means different things to different people.
  • What water means to you.
  • How water is important to your home and family life, your livelihood, your cultural practices, your wellbeing, your local environment.

 

While in the UK we may not currently face drought, it’s likely to be a reality in the future. Back in 2019, The Environment Agency warned that within 25 years, England would not have enough water to meet demand. We all need to think about how we use water in our everyday lives. The average person uses a staggering 140 litres of water a day. We need to reduce this to at least 100 litres per day to have any impact on future shortages.

The good news is that you can do your bit for everyone, by reducing water waste. There’s much you can do, including: 

  • Taking a short shower, rather than a bath.
  • Turning off taps in-between rinsing your toothbrush when brushing your teeth.
  • Turning taps off tightly, to ensure they are not left dripping.
  • Only using electrical appliances such as dishwashers and washing machines when full. While modern high-end washing machines calculate the load and use water accordingly, most washing machines and nearly all dishwashers will use the same amount of water even when the machine is half-empty.
  • Investing in rainwater butts to catch rainwater that can be used to fill fishponds and water the garden.
  • Swapping old and inefficient appliances with new water and energy efficient products. This can include aerated taps and showerheads, just as much as high-end washing machines and dishwashers.
  • Asking your professional plumber to do a system health check. This will ensure your system is working as effectively and efficiently as possible. They can also suggest areas where water saving technology can make a real difference to your water usage and bills. 
  • Fixing any dripping taps or plumbing leaks.

Find out more on World Water Day by visiting https://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday2021/