“Says who?” you may ask. March 22 was designated WWD by the United Nations General Assembly in 1992. Back then, there was a lot more hope that awareness-building declarations could generate change – in this case, protection of a precious (if often taken for granted) resource. Since each of us is 70% water, perhaps it’s worth taking a day to reflect and raise a glass. The sad thing is, since 1992, the state of world water has worsened. We need more than declaration days to solve this.
But before you shed a tear (waste not, want not!), there’s a lot you can do on World Water Day, and every day, to cut water use. Motivation starts with some facts. Solutions can often be simple.
- In North America, up to 25% of toilets leak. In Canada alone, that’s 1.8 billion litres of treated drinking water wasted every day. To put that in perspective, imagine you’re gazing over the railing at Niagara Falls. Now imagine standing there silently observing for 11 minutes. That’s how much drinking water is wasted every day in Canada – all through silent, leaking toilets. Find out how to diagnose and repair a leak here.
- Leaving a tap running while brushing your teeth can waste up to 10 litres per minute.
- See more tips here.
It’s wonderful to have international declarations and awareness campaigns. We may all have water in common, but North Americans waste the most. So let’s focus on that. Simple actions that anyone can take can drastically cut water use and make a critical global issue of UN importance relevant and personal at home.
If we can get everyone engaged in local actions, we have the basis for global dialogue and consensus. I’ll drink to that!