At Office H2O, we are celebrating World Water Day, which has been held on March 22nd every year since 1993. The focus of World Water Day is the importance of freshwater, and this day seeks to raise awareness globally of the estimated 2.2 billion people currently living without access to safe water.
The intention of World Water Day is to inspire people all over the world to learn more about water-related issues and take action to make a real difference. Some of the relevant issues discussed every World Water Day is water scarcity, water pollution, lack of sanitation, inadequate water supply, and the impacts of climate change.
Today, Office H2O will be taking some time to explore the themes of previous years’ World Water Day, as well as discussing the theme for World Water Day 2021. It is our hope that in observing World Water Day, we can inspire you to take action and make a difference.
World Water Day 2018: Nature for Water
The first year we’ll be taking a look at is 2018’s World Water Day. In 2018, the theme of “Nature for Water” explored how nature can be used to overcome the water challenges our world faces in the 21st century. This could be in the form of nature-based solutions to water-related challenges, for example.
One example highlighted on World Water Day of 2018 included the idea that reducing floods, droughts, water pollution, and protecting ecosystems could be accomplished through natural means rather than man-made approaches. This included methods such as restoring wetlands, implementing green infrastructure, and planting new forests just to name a few examples. It was the argument of experts that these natural processes could be used to rebalance the water cycle, thereby improving human health and livelihood.
World Water Day 2019: Leaving No One Behind
On World Water Day in 2019, the theme “Leaving No One Behind” was all about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so much of the world’s population is currently left behind in terms of access to safe drinking water. Marginalized communities, for example, are often overlooked and even face discrimination when it comes to access to safe drinking water. This led the UN-Water to assert that “water services must meet the needs of marginalized groups and their voices must be heard in decision-making processes.”
World Water Day 2020: Water and Climate Change
For 2020’s World Water Day, the theme of “Water and Climate Change” sought to further the discussion surrounding the link between water and our changing climate. According to UN-Water, “adapting to the water effects of climate change will protect health and save lives.” The campaign for World Water Day 2020 was centered around making a series of important statements. For one, an emphasis was placed on the importance of climate policy makers putting water at the heart of their action plans. Secondly, water can actually help fight climate change. Further, these solutions are scalable, affordable, and sustainable.
World Water Day 2021: Valuing Water
So, what is the focus of this year’s World Water Day? Well, this year’s theme is “Valuing Water”, and this theme is centered around looking beyond the issues of pricing to include the environmental, social, and cultural value that the people of our world put on water. WorldWaterDay.org is encouraging people to join in on the conversation surrounding the true value of water. On their website, they are urging people all over the world to tell them what water means to them and join ongoing discussions.
One of the events that will mark 2021’s World Water Day is a 7-day “World Water Run” in support of the value of water. The run will begin on March 16th, 2021 and end on March 22nd, 2021, World Water Day. According to WorldWaterDay.org, “water can mean something different to each and every one of us, and yet water is critical to all of our societies and economies. We need water for everything we produce, manufacture, and use. We need it at home, at school, and for our livelihoods.” Experts predict that there will be a shortfall of 40% in usable water supplies within the next 10 years. That’s why the focus of this run is to offer others the opportunity to learn more about water as the finite resource that it is.
If you would like to join WorldWaterDay.org’s “World Water Run”, you can sign up here.
Don’t Take Access to Clean, Safe Drinking Water for Granted!
One thing that Office H2O wants you to remember on World Water Day 2021 is that access to safe, clean drinking water shouldn’t be taken for granted. According to the CDC, an estimated 790 million people (11% of the world’s population) are without access to an improved water supply; however, those of us in the United States find ourselves in a more advantageous position than many other places around the world. Here at Office H2O, we offer bottleless water systems that make access to clean drinking water easier than ever!
You’ll never have to worry about clean drinking water with our bottleless water systems. Our devices come equipped with the latest water purification technology, employing a 9-stage filtration process to ensure your water is safe to drink. Further, when you purchase a bottleless water system for your home or office, you’ll be joining us in creating a healthier planet, one drop at a time.
Another feature that makes our bottleless water coolers a must-have, especially during the pandemic, includes the Touch-Free feature. We are now providing touch-free bottleless water coolers equipped with a stylish foot pedal, ensuring easy access to purified drinking water without having to use your hands.
To find out more about our bottleless water coolers and how Office H2O can help provide safe, clean drinking water in your home or office, visit our website today.
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