Calling for clean water for everyone by 2030
In the UK it’s easy to take for granted yet worldwide, 1.3 billion people cannot access electricity, 768 million people lack access to improved water sources and 2.5 billion people have no improved sanitation. Water and energy have crucial impacts on poverty alleviation.
The United Nations’ (UN) World Water Day is held on 22nd March each year to focus attention on critical water issues. The 2014 World Water Day theme is “Water and Energy” and aims to raise awareness of the inter-linkages between water and energy. It takes a significant amount of water to create energy, and a significant amount of energy to move and treat water. You may not realise it but when you use energy, you are also indirectly using water. A lot of it!
This year’s key messages are:
– Water requires energy and energy requires water
– Supplies are limited and demand is increasing
– Saving energy is saving water – Saving water is saving energy
– The “bottom billion” urgently needs access to both water and sanitation services, and electricity
– Improving water and energy efficiency is imperative as are coordinated, coherent and concerted policies
In the UK, you can pledge your support by visiting the WaterAid website. We did!
We also work all over the world advising on sustainable water management, water treatment and wetland habitat restoration, which can improve water quality and prevent flooding. Read more about one of our latest projects, in Sri Lanka.