The 22nd of March will mark the annual World Water Day. The United Nations celebrates this yearly date to create more awareness for sustainable management of freshwater resources. Malta will also be participating in the initiative and a number of students from the St Ignatius College will be taking part in a national clean-up on the day, and will also be exhibiting their art on the subject at San Anton Palace on the11th of March. Students will also be visiting the Lapsi Reverse Osmosis plant in Siggiewi on Friday the 15th of March.
World Water Day –what, why?
Safe water is a safely managed drinking water service that is free from contamination, available when needed and accessible on premises.
People are left behind without safe water for many different reasons such as sex and gender, age, disability, environmental degradation, population growth, forced displacement amongst others.
In 2010, the United Nations recognized “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human right.”
Today billions of people are still living without safe water struggling to survive and thrive. Marginalised groups are often overlooked as they try to access and manage the safe water that they need.
Access to water underpins public health and is therefore a critical element for sustainable development.
Some Key Facts
- 2.1 billion People live without safe water in their homes
- 1 in 4 primary schools globally have no drinking water service
- Over 700 children under five years of age die every day from diarrhoea linked to unsafe water and poor sanitation
- Around 158 million people collect their drinking water from surface water, such as ponds and streams
- Around 4 billion people – nearly two-thirds of the world’s population experience severe water scarcity during at least one month of the year
- 700 million people worldwide could be displaced by intense water scarcity by 2020.