is one of the most basic of all needs -- we cannot live for more than a few days
without it. And yet, most people take water for granted. We waste water needlessly
and don't realize that clean water is a very limited resource. More than 1 billion
people around the world have no access to safe, clean drinking water, and over
2.5 billion do not have adequate sanitation service. Over 2 million people die
each year because of unsafe water - and most of them are children!
Water Day, observed on March 22, is an important opportunity to educate ourselves
and our communities about this most vital of all resources, explore ways to conserve
it and protect the waters of our rivers, lakes, oceans and streams. It's a chance
to address the issue of helping those without access to clean drinking water.
World Water Day is also a time for ethical and moral discussion about water rights,
particularly the growing trend of corporations taking over community access to
March 22, 2005, the United Nations launched the UN International Decade for Action
on Water, to help bring greater awareness to the global community about the growing
problem of access to clean water for everyone.