World Water Day is observed annually by the United Nations on March 22 to increase awareness about the importance and need for conservation of water.
The Theme of World Water Day 2020:
While this year’s original theme was ‘Climate Change and Water’, in light of the growing impact of coronavirus, the campaign is also focusing on the importance of maintaining hand hygiene.
World Water Day aims to draw attention to affordable and clean water as a basic human right. The critical role of water in maintaining public health has been highlighted by the spread of coronavirus, that can be contained from spreading by something as simple as washing hands with soap and water.
However, billions of people around the world lack soap, safe water and washing facilities to keep themselves and their communities safe from such diseases. World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness about the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water, especially in such crucial times.
How to Truly Celebrate World Water Day:
– Wash your hands regularly with water and soap for at least 20 seconds, and don’t forget to turn off the tap while you do so!
– Reuse water whenever and wherever possible: use the water used for washing utensils to water your garden, etc.
– Reduce your consumption of water: shower for a shorter time and try using not more than one bucket of water.
So this World Water Day, maintain hand hygiene and do your part to ensure that everyone has access to clean, safe water around the world.