World Water Day

What is World Water Day?

It is an annual United Nations Observance, started in 1993, that celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2 billion people currently living without access to safe water. A core focus of World Water Day on 22 March each year, is to inspire action towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

On 22 March 2022, let's celebrate groundwater and make the invisible visible

Groundwater is invisible, but its impact is visible. Out of sight, under our feet, groundwater is a hidden treasure that enriches our lives. Almost all of the liquid freshwater in the world is groundwater. As climate change gets worse, groundwater will become more and more critical. We need to work together to sustainably manage this precious resource.

What is groundwater? 

Groundwater is water found underground in aquifers, which are geological formations of rocks, sands and gravels that can hold water. 

Why should we care about groundwater? 

  • Groundwater is being over-used in many areas, where more water is abstracted from aquifers than is recharged by rain and snow
  • Groundwater pollution is a particular problem that can take decades or even centuries to recover from
  • In some places, we do not know how much groundwater lies beneath our feet, which means we could be failing to harness a potentially vital water resource
  • Exploring, protecting and sustainably using groundwater will be central to surviving and adapting to climate change and meeting the needs of a growing population

What can we do about groundwater? 

We must protect groundwater from pollution and use it sustainably, balancing the needs of people and the planet. Groundwater’s vital role in water and sanitation systems, agriculture, industry, ecosystems and climate change adaptation must be reflected in sustainable development policymaking.

Credit: Content courtesy of https://www.worldwaterday.org

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