World Water Day
Whoever the person, wherever the location, everybody should have access to clean water. It’s a basic human right. But today, over 2 billion people around the world live without safe water - in their homes, schools, farms, industry, and general workplaces, are struggling to survive. Safe water is shorthand for a ‘safely managed drinking water service’ - water that is available on demand, when needed and free from contamination.
World Water Day on the 22nd March aims at tackling the global water crisis by identifying the reasons why so many people around the world are being left behind. The theme of World Water Day 2019 is “leaving no one behind.” This tagline was an adaptation of the central promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: ‘as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit.’
The United Nations initiative aims to support marginalised groups such as women, children, refugees, indigenous people, disabled people, and many others, who are often overlooked and receive discrimination as they try to access the safe water they require. A shocking statistic that reinforces this is that 8 out of 10 water collections in households without an active water source are collected by women and younger girls. Furthermore, more than 700 children under five years old die every single day from diarrhoea. Directly linked to the unsafe water they drink.
With this, approximately 4 billion people, or nearly two-thirds of the World’s population, experience severe water scarcity for at least one month a year. With experts estimating that 700 million people worldwide could be displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030. Access to water is critical to sustainable development in a global society. This society cannot move forward if a majority of the Planet’s inhabitants do not have access to safe water.
The chief executive of the Environment Agency has warned that England is set to run short of water within the next 25 years. In the next 25 years, the demand and supply lines will cross meaning the country’s demand for water will outstrip supply. Plans to cut the public’s water use by a third, and fixing 50% of broken water company pipes are just two ways that the water shortage issue could be solved.
As mentioned in a previous article, there are innovative and affordable products on the market that will reduce your water wastage, both at home and at work. The products include a sink faucet that reduces water waste by up to 98%, a shower system that warns you when you have exceeded seven minutes in the shower, an act that can save 36 litres a shower, or 52,000 litres a year, and a shower system that recycles and cleans water in a circular system.
Future Resource is the UK’s leading sustainability event that connects and inspires businesses to be green and more sustainable. In particular, the event’s dedicated ‘Smart Water Innovation zone’ is a platform for businesses to exhibit their water saving products and technologies, all designed for businesses to reduce their overall water usage.
Tickets for Future Resource are free and you can register for them at the top of the page.
To enquire about exhibiting then get in touch with Nick Woore on 0117 929 6083 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.