World Water Day
Each year, World Water Day highlights a specific aspect of freshwater. In 2020, World Water Day has adopted the theme ‘Water and Climate Change’ – and examines how climate change will affect the availability, quality and quantity of water needed for basic human needs. This year’s World Water Day, on March 22nd, featured a public campaign to show how careful use of water can help reduce floods, droughts, scarcity and pollution, and help fight climate change itself. It also examined the idea that by using water more efficiently, we will reduce greenhouse gases and that investment in water resource management supports community climate resilience, job creation and helps to improve sustainable development outcomes.
SaskWater knows that safe, reliable water and wastewater services, are essential to buiding healthy, vibrant communities and we take pride in helping our customers access and manage this essential resource.
We also value the environment and we approach our work so as not to threaten the safety of any water supply. We also support environmental initiatives in the communities where we live and work.
Innovation is another value SaskWater promotes and we’re proud to have projects like the solar panel installments at our Wakaw-Humboldt water treatment plant and Melville water supply well sites, which reduce the amount of non-renewable energy required to supply safe potable water services to these regions. These represent some of the measures we are taking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as recommended in the 2020 World Water Day campaign, and there are serveral suggestions here on things that can be done at the individual level: https://www.worldwaterday.org/2020-home/share/
The UN's World Water Day Campaign
World Water Day 2020: Water and Climate Change
World Water Day, held on 22 March every year since 1993, is an annual United Nations Observance focusing on the importance of freshwater.
World Water Day 2020 is about water and climate change – and how the two are inextricably linked. The campaign shows how our use of water will help reduce floods, droughts, scarcity and pollution, and will help fight climate change itself.
By adapting to the water effects of climate change, we will protect health and save lives. And, by using water more efficiently, we will reduce greenhouse gases.
Extreme weather events are making water more scarce, more unpredictable, more polluted or all three.
Humans need water to survive, as do all the systems we rely on: sanitation, healthcare, education, business and industry.
Action plans to tackle climate change need to be integrated across different sectors and coordinated across borders. And they must have one thing in common: safe and sustainable water management.
Fighting climate change will open up vast opportunities for the economy in many areas. We need to embrace circular production systems and use water much more efficiently.
As the global population grows, so does the demand for water, which depletes natural resources and damages the environment in many places. Solutions include protecting carbon sinks such as oceans and wetlands, adopting climate-smart agricultural techniques, and increasing the safe reuse of wastewater.
Water is our most precious resource – we must use it more responsibly. We must balance all of society’s water needs while ensuring the poorest people don’t get left behind.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said: “Warnings are necessary. But fear will not get the job done.”
Yes, climate change can feel scary and daunting. But there is one simple step you can take immediately that will make a big difference: don’t waste water.
Thousands of people are logging their climate actions on the United Nation’s ActNow website. Check out all the easy lifestyle changes that will help save the planet.