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January 21st, 2023

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World Water Day 2010 – Clean Water for a Healthy World

World Water Day is an annual global initiative every March 22nd. The UN has chosen Clean Water for a Healthy World as the theme for World Water Day 2010. The overall goal of this year’s campaign is to raise the profile of water quality at the political level so that water quality considerations are made alongside those of water quantity.

Worldwide population and industrial growth are adding new sources of pollution while simultaneously increasing the demand for clean water. Human and environmental health, drinking and agricultural water supplies for the present and future are at stake.

Every year, 1,500 cubic kilometres of wastewater are produced globally. While waste and wastewater can be reused productively for energy and irrigation, most often this is not being practised.

In developing countries 80 percent of all waste is being discharged untreated. Waste migrates to and contaminates potentially clean water sources. Incredibly, even here in British Columbia, municipalities still dump barely treated waste water and even raw sewage directly into the ocean and our rivers.