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    World Water Day

    Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2019, World Water Day has adopted the theme ‘Leaving no one behind’ –  and examines how we ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all. This World Water Day, March 22nd, is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind.

    This theme is tied directly to SaskWater’s mission as a corporation –  to provide safe, reliable and sustainable water and wastewater services for Saskatchewan.

    The United Nations’ 2019 World Water Day campaign states that ‘safe water’ is “shorthand for a ‘safely managed drinking water service’: water that is accessible on the premises, available when needed, and free from contamination.”

    At SaskWater, we strive to achieve this standard for our customers every day.

    As we go about our mission, SaskWater values the environment and we approach our work so as not to threaten the safety of any water supply and we support environmental initiatives in the communities where we live and work.

    Innovation is another value SaskWater promotes and we’re proud to have projects under our belt that showcase both innovation and environmental stewardship. The solar panel installment at our Wakaw-Humboldt water treatment plant is an example of this type of innovation that reduces the amount of non-renewable energy required to supply safe water to the region.

    SaskWater knows that without safe, reliable water services, our communities and people cannot survive. Our goal is to help Saskatchewan residents understand the true value of water as a part of our commitment to ensure that high quality water continues to flow today and well into the future.

    SaskWater invites you to browse through our website's links to learn how you can make every day a World Water Day celebration.

    For more information on World Water Day 2019, visit www.worldwaterday.org/, www.unwater.org and www.canadawaterweek.com.

    The UN's World Water Day Campaign

    World Water Day 2019: Leaving no one behind

    The theme for World Water Day 2019 is ‘Leaving no one behind’. This is an adaptation of the central promise of the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: as sustainable development progresses, everyone must benefit.

    How does it relate to water?

    One of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals aims to ensure availability and sustainable management of water for all by 2030. By definition, this means leaving no one behind.

    What is the problem?

    Today, billions of people are still living without safe water – their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive. 

    Marginalized groups – women, children, refugees, indigenous peoples, disabled people and many others – are often overlooked, and sometimes face discrimination, as they try to access and manage the safe water they need.

    What does ‘safe water’ mean?

    ‘Safe water’ is shorthand for a ‘safely managed drinking water service’: water that is accessible on the premises, available when needed, and free from contamination.

    Why is it important?

    Whoever you are, wherever you are, water is your human right. Access to water underpins public health and is therefore critical to sustainable development and a stable and prosperous world. We cannot move forward as a global society while so many people are living without safe water.

    What is the human right to water?

    In 2010, the UN recognized “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.”

    The human right to water entitles everyone, without discrimination, to sufficient, safe, acceptable, physically accessible and affordable water for personal and domestic use; which includes water for drinking, personal sanitation, washing of clothes, food preparation, and personal and household hygiene.

    Why are people being left behind without safe water?

    People are left behind without safe water for many different reasons. The following are some of the ‘grounds for discrimination’ that cause certain people to be particularly disadvantaged when it comes to accessing water:

    ·         Sex and gender

    ·         Race, ethnicity, religion, birth, caste, language, and nationality

    ·         Disability, age and health status

    ·         Property, tenure, residence, economic and social status

     

    Other factors, such as environmental degradation, climate change, population growth, conflict, forced displacement and migration flows can also disproportionately affect marginalized groups through impacts on water.

    What needs to be done?

    To ‘leave no one behind’, we must focus our efforts towards including people who have been marginalized or ignored. Water services must meet the needs of marginalized groups and their voices must be heard in decision-making processes. Regulatory and legal frameworks must recognize the right to water for all people, and sufficient funding must be fairly and effectively targeted at those who need it most.

    To participate in World Water Day’s social media campaign, find resources through this link: https://www.worldwaterday.org/social-media/