22/03/2014

March 22 marks, “World Water Day.” This date was established by the decision of the United Nations in December, 1992. This day is celebrated with the aim to highlight the importance of water resources and their management needs.

Water is essential for life on earth. Our quality of life depends directly on the quality of the water. Preserved, pure water maintains a healthy ecosystem and improves human life.

It is believed that more than 1.5 million children in the world die every year from diseases associated with unsafe water. Polluted water sources are the result of human activities over the past 50 years - and it’s estimated that over 2.5 billion people in the world live without adequate sanitation (sanitary/hygienic installation). Every day, two million tons of solid and liquid waste goes to all surface waters.

Developing countries have an even bigger problem, because over 90% of untreated solid waste and 70% of untreated industrial waste water discharges into surface waters. Many pollutants have a long-lasting negative impact on water quality, thus creating a huge threat to human health.

To mark World Water Day is to raise awareness on the conservation of healthy ecosystems and human health.