On 22nd March it will be the United Nations’ World Water Day. The day was first held in 1993 to celebrate drinking water and raise awareness of the millions of people who don’t have access to water by simply turning on a tap. The UN’s sixth Sustainable Development Goal is to “ensure access to water and sanitation for all by 2030”, yet 1 in 3 people worldwide still don’t have access to safe drinking water.
We are fortunate in the UK as 100% of our population enjoys access to safe drinking water. Compare that with only 6% of the population in the Central African Republic, 13% in Ethiopia, 43% in Mexico and 75% in Russia, and you’ll appreciate how lucky we are to be able to turn on the tap and to be so confident we will have clean water that we don’t even have to think about it.
However, we cannot afford to rest on our water laurels, as we are already experiencing water stress, and 65% of our lakes and rivers are experiencing rapid changes.
This year, the main focus of World Water Day is groundwater. Groundwater, the water found underground in aquifers, is being overused in many areas. Groundwater pollution is a particular problem that can take decades to recover from.
One thing that all businesses can do is save water. By taking steps to reduce your business water usage, you’ll be helping to conserve water at the same time as saving money on your bills.
There are a number of simple steps you can take to start the ball rolling.
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