Water is a finite source. UN World Water Day is designed to promote awareness about our rising water scarcity issues.
It is often incorrectly assumed that the world's water supply is huge and endless. This could not be further from the truth!
Observed since March 22nd 1993, World Water Day has been held annually by the United Nations with an aim to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and to promote the sustainable management of freshwater sources. Each year, the theme for World Water Day is different, with the focus this year being on 'Water and Food Security'.
Although an international event, we can each do our own small part to make a difference not only on World Water Day, but every day.
Did you know?
The human body is made up of about 70% water
884 million people lack access to clean water
It takes 135 litres of water to make 1 egg
It takes 1,216 litres of water to make a Margherita pizza
It takes 2,400 litres of water to make 100g of chocolate
It takes 150,000 litres of water to manufacture 1 car
The water we drink has been circling the water cycle for millions of years.
Only 0.7% of the world's water is readily accessible freshwater.
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How can you save water?
Turning the tap off while brushing your teeth will save you around 5 litres a day. That is 1,825 litres a year!
When watering your plants, always use a watering can rather than a hose! The spray from a hose usually evaporates before even touching the plant.
By having a shorter shower rather than a bath you will save around 570 litres a month. That is 6,480 litres a year!
Check the weather before watering your plants, and water them in the morning or evening when it is coolest.