World Water Day 2019 – Leaving no one behind!
World Water Day, celebrated on the 22nd of March every year, is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind.
This year’s theme is “Leaving no one behind”, raising awareness of Sustainable Development Goal 6, which aims to ensure universal access to safe water for everyone, everywhere by 2030 – literally leaving no one behind.
Safe water, a human right often taken for granted by most of us, means water that is accessible, available when needed and free of contamination. Hard to believe, but on our planet 2.1 billion people don’t have access to safe drinking water, around 159 million people collect their drinking water from surface water, and it’s estimated that 80% of human wastewater is discharged into the environment untreated, causing devastating public health and environmental issues.
Access to safe water can protect and save lives, but in order to leave no one behind (whilst sensitively managing our water resources) the right to water for all people needs to be recognised by regulatory and legal frameworks, and sufficient funding must be targeted at those who need it most. On the bright side, there are a number of sustainable solutions starting to take place in order to empower communities with access to safe water and sanitation.
Happy World Water Day!