Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Wastewater, an untapped resource

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly officially designated March 22 as World Water Day.

World Water Day is about taking action to tackle the water crisis.

Today, there are over 663 million people living without a safe water supply close to home, spending countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and coping with the health impacts of using contaminated water.

Each year World Water Day has a theme and this year the theme is wastewater.

World Water Day

Throughout the world, the vast majority of all the wastewater from our homes, cities, industry and agriculture flows back to the land without being treated or reused. According to UN-Water, the organisers of World Water Day, this causes great concern as it is polluting the environment, and losing valuable nutrients and other recoverable materials.

The campaign is aimed at raising awareness about the fact that instead of wasting wastewater, we should reduce and reuse it. In our homes, we can reuse waste water from baths, sinks, washing machines, and other kitchen appliances on our gardens. In our cities, we can treat and reuse wastewater for green spaces. In industry and agriculture, we can treat and recycle discharge for things like cooling systems and irrigation.

The campaign believes that by exploiting this valuable resource, we will make the water cycle work better and increase water recycling and safe reuse.

“Wastewater is a valuable resource in a world where water is finite and demand is growing,” says Guy Ryder, Chair of UN-Water and Director-General of the International Labour Organisation. “Everyone can do their bit to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal target to halve the proportion of untreated wastewater and increase safe water reuse by 2030. It’s all about carefully managing and recycling the water that runs through our homes, factories, farms and cities. Let’s all reduce and safely reuse more wastewater so that this precious resource serves the needs of increasing populations and a fragile ecosystem.”

The United Nations World Water Development Report 2017, ‘Wastewater, The Untapped Resource’ will be presented around the world on 22 March.

You can download the World Water Day Factsheet here and visit to learn more.

You can get involved over social media:

Twitter @UN_Water #WorldWaterDay
Instagram @un_water
Facebook @UnitedNationsWater

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