What is World Water Day?

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution on the 22nd of December 1992 by which the 22nd of March of every year was declared World Day for Water, to be observed starting in 1993. States were invited to devote the Day to activities promoting public awareness on the conservation and development of water resources.

WWD 2023: Dysfunction throughout the water cycle is undermining progress on all major global issues, from health to hunger, gender equality to jobs, education to industry, disasters to peace. WWD 2023 is focused on accelerating change in the world and reminds us to play our part by doing what we can.

Water Ray and WWD 2023: In discussing this year’s theme of accelerating change our staff came up with the idea of taking positive messages to younger generations of water custodians so we went back to school on World Water Day!

Water Ray staff celebrated World Water Day in front of two classes of 8-9 year olds in our local community. The hummingbird helped us explain how every drop counts, then we conducted a lesson focused on where water comes from in our local area and we compared our fortune to that of many in the world who don’t have the same access to safe drinking water.

We played a game to show that sometimes water might be less than we need and asked the young water custodians to write their water-saving ideas on drops of water that came together on classroom posters.

In Water Ray we easily learnt as much as the students did on World Water Day this year!

Thank you to the school, teachers and students!

WWD 2022: Groundwater is invisible, but its impact is visible everywhere. Out of sight, under our feet, groundwater is a hidden treasure that enriches our lives. In the driest parts of the world, it may be the only water people have.

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. 

Water Ray and WWD 2022: Throughout World Water Day this year, we participated in online events such as SRH Hochschule Heidelberg’s event including presentations on interesting research topics such as AI, micro plastics and arsenic treatment, a case study on the impact on water of illegal mining in Ghana and how to consciously conserve water whatever your activity.

WWD 2021: Water means different things to different people and in 2021 the stewards of World Water Day ask us to think about what water means to us.

Today, water is under extreme threat from a growing population, increasing demands of agriculture and industry, and the worsening impacts of climate change.

Water Ray and WWD 2021: What does water mean to us? We have made taking care of water our business and are grateful everyday for the opportunities we have to increase awareness in this regard. In support of the technological solutions that we provide Water Ray always adds a training component advancing our vision for a world full of people who know how to take good care of water.

Again in isolation for World Water Day this year, we once again tuned in to the IAHR’s special event: The Fundamentals of Global Water Security – Linking Water Security to Nature. Here is the playback link: https://www.iahr.org/index/detail/90, video playbacks available.

WWD 2020: World Water Day (WWD) 2020, on 22 March, is about water and climate change – and how the two are inextricably linked.

Humans need water to survive, as do all the systems we rely on: sanitation, healthcare, education, business and industry.

Action plans to tackle climate change need to be integrated across different sectors and coordinated across borders. And they must have one thing in common: safe and sustainable water management.

Water Ray and WWD 2020: Exploring online connections this year, Water Ray tuned in to the IAHR’s special event on Hydro-environment Engineering and Adaption to Climate Change, there were over 10,700 people online! Here is the link: https://www.iahr.org/index/detail/90, video playbacks available.

On a smaller but no less important scale, Water Ray staff made a special effort to observe World Water Day while home schooling during isolation in these tough times.

Thank you!

WWD 2019: World Water Day 2019, 22nd March, was about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind.

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6 is crystal clear: water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind. But today, billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive.

Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.

Water Ray and WWD 2019: On March 22nd Water Ray proudly supported UNIFIL’s Environmental Unit in asking the question “do you use water wisely?” and spreading a message of sustainable water use. Learn more here: https://www.worldwaterday.org/event/unifil-promoting-the-call-to-actions-do-you-use-water-wisely-on-the-world-water-day/

Parts of the text above comes from the World Water Day website, visit it here: http://www.worldwaterday.org

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all, learn more about SDG 6, here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/sdg6

And check out all of the SDGs here: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org