Water is a basic requirement for all life, yet water resources are facing increasing demands from, and competition among, users. In 1992, the UN General Assembly designated 22 March of each year as the World Day for Water.

This year’s theme is “Water Quality” reflecting its importance alongside quantity of the resource in water management.

 Each year more than 1 billion of our fellow human beings have little choice but to resort to using potentially harmful sources of water. This perpetuates a silent humanitarian crisis that kills some 3900 children every day and thwarts progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The consequences of our collective failure to tackle this problem are the dimmed prospects for the billions of people locked in a cycle of poverty and disease.

from World Health Organization brochure “Celebrating Water for Life”, 2005

Please go to the following websites for more information:

World Water Day

UN World Water Day

Donna Lockhart