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Each year on 22nd March World Water Day provides us with an opportunity to think about and take action to address the global water crisis.
A staggering 663 million people live without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, as well as the suffering from the impact on health of using contaminated water.
This year the focus is on wastewater and the campaign, Why waste water? asks us to think about reducing and reusing wastewater.
As Soroptimists we are able to not only change our own practices and those of our families but also to raise awareness of the vital part good water and wastewater management plays in our local communities. We are able to lobby local and national governments to bring about necessary changes.
Globally, the vast majority of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to a natural source without being treated or reused, polluting the environment, and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials. The costs of good wastewater management is greatly outweighed by the benefits to health, economic development and environmental sustainability, providing new business opportunities and creating more ‘green’ jobs
By achieving Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target 6 by 2030 we will also have a positive impact on health, promote affordable clean energy and sustainable cities and communities
When speaking of the power of individuals to change the world Guy Ryder, Chair of UN-Water said “Do what you can, do it with others, and do it with passion”
As Soroptimists we are those individuals and groups who can bring about sustainable change with passion.
Help WaterAid turn the world blue on World Water Day. Dress in blue, paint yourself blue, decorate your school or office blue, bake blue cakes, drink blue drinks… sing the blues! We don’t mind how you do it – just go blue.
Find out more about WaterAid’s campaign.