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World Water Day 2016 – Water and Jobs

World Water Day was celebrated this year on 22 March 2016. Each year, United Nations Water – the entity which coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation – nominates a theme for World Water Day. The theme encompasses an existing issue or future challenge relating to water on a global scale. This year, the theme was “Water and Jobs”.
Read more on the official United Nations World Water Day website.

Looking back: World Water day 2015 engaged the theme of “Water and Sustainable Development”. Here is a link the the WWD15 website.

On the topic of global water scarcity, see this fascinating collection of images by International Business Times reporter David Sim “…to make you think twice about wasting this precious resource”.

Rainwater research flush with water saving potential

Recent rainwater research conducted in the United States indicates that almost one third of all potable water used is flushed down the toilet!  The research focused on four major cities: Philadelphia, New York, Seattle and Chicago. It suggests that urban rainwater harvesting could have a large impact on potable water conservation; potentially saving up to 80 percent of toilet flushes.water splash with reflection

Besides the water saving potential, the research also indicates that households could save up to 25 percent on their water usage charges.

Read about the research in this article published by Brooks Hays via United Press International.

India leads the way in rainwater conservation

While much of the western world takes water supply for granted, countries like India lead the way in rainwater conservation as they battle with the pressing issue of maintaining a constant, clean water supply to the population. Rainwater storage initiatives are particularly critical in areas of the world with extreme rainfall variations.

A rainwater harvesting initiative in Kerala, India is helping to alleviate crucial water shortages. Roof-water capture is being encouraged to top-up underground wells to supply water during the seasonal build-up to the monsoon rains.

Read this inspiring article “What India can teach the rest of the world about rainwater conservation” by Washington-based writer Ananya Bhattacharyya via Atlantic Media’s CityLab.

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Kerela, India is renown for its distinctive fishing nets, picturesque houseboats and large river systems. Despite the seeming abundance of water, critical water shortages occur during the dry season. Rainwater harvesting during the seasonal monsoon may help to alleviate the problem.

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