World Water Day 2017
What is World Water Day?
Every year since 1993, people across the globe have been coming together to help to raise awareness of a range of water related issues that currently affect vast numbers of the population.
There are over 663,000,000 people that don’t have access to a safe, clean, water supply near their home. This results in many of these people having to spend days walking vast distances to collect water. Even then, the water that these people drink is often contaminated resulting in significant health issues.
Each year the focus is on a different water issue and this year it is about wastewater. In 2013, Sato et al released a publication stating that “over 80% of all the wastewater that is generated by society flows back into the ecosystem without being treated or reused.”
What can we do to help?
The average person uses approximately 150 litres of water a day in the UK, a figure that has been growing every year by 1% since 1930 (UK Green Building Council). So we all waste water, but what can we do to help reduce the amount we waste?
Water treatment or treatment of wastewater means that it can be reused for things like cleaning your car, farming and even central heating systems. Reusing treated water is a very affordable way of exploiting a natural resource that we so often take for granted.