World Water Day

Today is World Water Day, a day dedicated to celebrating a resource on which every living creature on the planet depends.

Beginning in 1993, and occurring annually ever since, World Water Day commemorates fresh water as a essential resource and raises awareness on the impact is has on our lives and our need to secure its sustainability for the future.

In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2013 to be the year of water cooperation. Therefore today, Friday, March 22, will be a day not only aimed at raising water conservation awareness but also devoted to water cooperation. Check out the UN’s Water website for facts, statistics and World Water Day events at: http://www.unwater.org/index.html.

Appreciating our most valuable resource is something that can be achieved daily and can be as simple as tracking how much we use. Creating a water diary to track your daily usage is a great way to start conserving water. Fixing leaky taps, taking shorter showers, doing laundry with only large loads and spreading the word about smart water-use are small steps that can have huge payoffs when it comes to our water resources.

Check out what classrooms all across Canada are doing to promote water awareness in our Water Works challenge. So far, 11 classrooms have raised awareness on the smart use of water in their classrooms, schools and communities.

Today, take a moment to check out what people all over the world are doing to spread the word on water management. How will you celebrate?