World Water Day History and Facts

World Water Day History and Facts

World Water Day is celebrated on 22nd March every year that highlights the importance of freshwater. It is an annual UN observance day. It is celebrated throughout the world to raise the awareness of people towards the importance of water in various field of life including the environment, health, agriculture and trade.


World Water Day is established in Agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. Later, the United Nations General Assembly designated resolution A/RES/47/193 by which 22 March of each year was declared World Day for Water in December 1992. Then in 1993, the first World Water Day was celebrated to aware the general public in order to get their support in water conservation by avoiding the use of their taps for whole day.


The main aim to celebrate this day is for universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) is in line with the targets of Sustainable Development Goal 6. In the events of World Water Day, they discussed the issues include water scarcity, water pollution, inadequate water supply, lack of sanitation, and the impacts of climate change.


The following are the various interesting and unknown facts about the World Water day and related to water issues and you should know all about this facts, so that you can understand that how water is an important aspect of a human life.

World Water Day History and Facts
  • 100 million families are stuck in a cycle and they don’t have access to safe water because of poverty and disease.
  • The more numbers of people die from unsafe water as compare to all forms of violence, including war.
  • You can reduce the risk “66 children dead from diarrhea every hour” by access to clean water significantly.
  • 2.4 billion People, 1 in 3, lack access to a toilet.
  • The children under the age of 5 are killed by water-borne diseases than malaria, measles, and HIV/AIDS – combined.
  • As you can see that, 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions in our developing countries.
  • To get water for their families, women and girls spend up to 6 hours every day walking in many small towns as in modern city.
  • The average distance that women in Africa and Asia walk to collect water is 3.7 miles. That is 19,500 steps, every day, just to get water that is making them sick.
  • As an estimate due to water-related diseases, 443 million school days are lost each year.
  • Time spent gathering water around the world translates to $24 billion in lost economic benefits each year, furthering the cycle of poverty.

Every dollar invested in safe water and improved hygiene and sanitation results in eight dollars of increased economic activity.

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