March 22:World Water Day

Date: March 22, 2017

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World Water Day is an annual event celebrated on 22 March. The day focuses attention on the importance of universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) facilities in developing countries.The day also focuses on advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

World Water Day is supported by stakeholders across the globe. Many organizations promote clean water for people and sustainable aquatic habitats. Events such as theatrical and musical celebrations, educational events, and campaigns to raise money for access to clean and affordable water are held worldwide on or close to 22 March.

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2015, World Water Day has the theme "Water and Sustainable Development".

In 2016, the theme is "Water and Jobs," in 2017 "Wastewater" and in 2018 "Nature-based Solutions for Water". 

India has the most number of people – a whopping 63 million – living in rural areas without access to clean water, according to a new report. That is almost as much as the entire population of the United Kingdom.

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There are several small ways you can reduce the amount of water you waste. For instance, turn off the taps when you are brushing your teeth, shaving or even washing dishes. Avoid putting oils, food waste and chemicals down the drain because the more you put down, the more it costs to treat.

The United Nations General Assembly officially designated 22 March as World Water Day in 1993.