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World Water Day

22 March 2017

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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on of March, repeating indefinitely

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22 March every year: Focusing on the importance of freshwater and the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

This day, declared by the UN General Assembly, aims to promote awareness of the extent to which water resource development contributes to economic productivity and social well being.

The focus for World Water Day 2017 was wastewater and ways to reduce and reuse it.

“Over 80% of all the wastewater from homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to nature polluting the environment and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials.

We need to improve the collection and treatment of wastewater and safely reuse it. At the same time, we need to reduce the quantity and pollution load of wastewater we produce, to help protect the environment and our water resources.”

Further information on the UN World Water Day web pages.

Some great watery pictures from around the world on the Boston Global Big Picture website: World Water Day 2010 and World Water Day 2012.

The United Nations Association – UK (UNA-UK) has a page with background information and teaching activities for World Water Day.

If you would like some more ideas to help your school mark World Water Day have a read through our article on Water, which provides an introduction to some of the issues. Our article Toilets: We all need to go also covers sanitation issues. Find teaching resources by browsing through those listed on our database under the topic of ‘water’.

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