World Water Day is celebrated annually on 22 March. It’s a day to reflect on the importance of global access to clean water and sanitation, and the sustainable use of water. It’s an opportunity to recognise the pivotal role clean water and sanitation play in daily life, supporting economic, social and human development.
Did you know?
- 1.4 million people die every year and 74 million will have their lives shortened by diseases related to poor water, sanitation and hygiene.
- 1 in 4 people – 2 billion people worldwide – lack safe drinking water.
- Almost half of the global population – 3.6 billion people – lack safe sanitation.
The focus for World Water Day 2023 is accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis. This year’s World Water Day theme puts a spotlight on the devastating impacts the lack of clean water and sanitation can have on the lives of children and their families.
To help you get involved, we’ve put together five ways that you can make an impact this World Water Day 2023.
1. Practice responsible use of water
Take up the challenge to be more mindful of your own water usage. If you find you use a lot of water, try to reduce your usage during your day-to-day routine.
Some suggestions to reduce your water use include:
- Turning off the tap while you brush your teeth
- Using the half flush on the toilet instead of the full when possible
- Taking 2 minute showers
- Making sure your dishwasher is full before turning it on
- Fixing leaking taps and toilets
2. Watch documentaries on water to educate yourself
As World Water Day is focused on raising awareness about the importance of clean water and sanitation, one way to gain a better understanding of water-related issues is by watching documentaries. There are a number of high-quality films available, often on YouTube or Netflix.
Some documentaries we would recommend include; ‘The World’s Water Crisis’, ‘Kenya’s Water Women’ and ‘A World Without Water’.
3. Visit the United Nations World Water Day website
Another way to get informed is to visit the official World Water Day website, which includes an abundance of resources, stories and information on how to become involved with World Water Day.
4. Raise awareness on social media
Social media is one of the most effective ways to raise awareness. This World Water Day, we encourage you to share news, facts, statistics, videos or stories on your various social media channels to let your network know about the importance of clean water and sanitation, and sustainable water use. The more people that share information on their social channels, the greater the reach.
5. Donate to help those without access to clean water and sanitation
This World Water Day, you can give the gift of clean water and sanitation to those who need it most. Everyone should have the right to access clean water and sanitation around the globe.
ChildFund Australia’s Gifts For Good range is a fantastic initiative for donations this World Water Day. Gifts For Good incorporates a number of water-based gifts that have the power to change lives.
You can help provide children and families overseas with access to clean water and sanitation by donating:
- Hand pump well: This will provide clean water for children and their families for drinking, cleaning and bathing. Children may no longer have to make long, dangerous journeys on foot to collect water from unreliable, contaminated sources. This will also offer children the protection from the risk of deadly waterborne diseases.
- Deepwater borehole: Imagine your impact when you give the gift of clean water that a whole school – or even an entire community – can rely upon for years to come.
- Hand washing station: This is a simple gift with the power to help everyone in a community improve sanitation and hygiene, and stay healthy.
Disasters such as drought, coupled with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, disease and conflict has led to millions of people around the world in need of emergency clean water assistance.
In Kenya alone, more than a million of people in need are children and mothers, who are malnourished and urgently need food and water. Your donation to ChildFund’s Hunger Crisis Appeal can help upgrade and maintain water facilities in communities, and provide water trucks in schools and water purifiers for families.
Celebrate World Water Day this March!
However you choose to celebrate World Water Day, do it in an impactful and meaningful way for you and your community. Take on one or all of these five tips to ensure you mark World Water Day in a way that truly makes a difference.