World Water Day has been celebrated on the 22nd of March every year since its designation by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993, being the theme for this year “Wastewater”.
As pointed out by the United Nations, “Instead of wasting wastewater, we need to reduce and reuse it. By exploiting this valuable resource, we will make the water cycle work better for every living thing.”
To celebrate World Water Day we are highlighting our work in the Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) and Wetland Treatment Systems (WTS) sector, examples of how wastewater can be treated and reused for greenspaces and irrigation.
We have been commissioned to reimagine the landscape at Salt Hill Park in Slough and incorporate SuDS, and wetland creation to develop a landscape that is enriched by the natural seasonal fluctuations in water levels.
The commission also includes a data rich layered map that will plot the essential information of the site such as drainage outlets and soil surveys, to ensure that any future planned work is appropriate to the site.
Steart Marshes, WWT’s newest wetland centre, has successfully incorporated a Wetland Treatment System to treat wastewater generated from the toilets at this brand new Reserve, whilst creating fantastic habitat for wildlife at the same time.
In line with the management of wastewater, WWT and partners presented a new report to Government last month, setting up guidelines and providing recommendations on the use of SuDS for flood alleviation.
Looking for inspiration World Water Day celebrations? Then please visit the following link, where you’ll be able to find resources prepared by UN-Water especially for the occasion.
Happy World Water Day!