A new blogger has joined our ranks – Roslyn Broch! Take it away Roz:
In order to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and to advocate for the sustainable management of freshwater resources, the United Nations (UN) declared March 22, 1993, to be the first World Water Day. Since that inaugural celebration, each year has been designated a theme to raise aware awareness of various water-related issues. These issues range from water security to sanitation to the cultural importance of water. This year’s theme is water cooperation, a foundation for peace and sustainable development. For more information on this year’s theme and events happening around the globe, visit the UN’s website for World Water Day 2013.
As this year’s World Water Day approaches, it is an excellent time to think about the importance of freshwater in our everyday lives and what we can do to protect our ever-dwindling resources for future generations. So on March 22, 2013, please remember that even the smallest changes to our habits can save thousands of gallons of freshwater from going to waste.
Here are three quick and easy ways to reduce your water consumption this year:
- Run your washing machine and dishwater only when they are full. It can save 1,000 gallons of water per month
- Shorten your shower by just a few minutes and you’ll save over 150 gallons per month
- Turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth can save 25 gallons per month
For more water-saving and green tips, check out these websites:
For more information on the UN’s water agenda, visit www.unwater.org