This March 22 is the 19th annual event marking the importance of freshwater. This year’s theme “Water and Food Security” stresses the fact that freshwater is not availavble to everyone.
US Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton has noted that “more than 5,000 people die each day from causes linked to unsafe water, sanitation and hygiene, and most of them are children.” The United States is taking action “because the water crisis is a health crisis, it’s a farming crisis, it’s an economic crisis, it’s a climate crisis and, increasingly, it is a political crisis.”
Lack of access to freshwater impacts everyone. This video is an excellent portrayal of the realities of the world’s freshwater supply.
To support promising new approaches in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) sector, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with co-funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation implemented WASH for Life. Over four years, the $17 million partnership will use USAID’s Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program to identify, test, and help scale evidence-based approaches for cost-effective and sustained services in developing countries. WASH for Life is particularly interested in programs operating in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, India, Kenya, and Nigeria; address issues in the sanitation and hygiene sectors in particular; and target beneficiaries earning under $2 a day.
This International World Water Day, do your part to conserve the World’s freshwater supply by turning off the taps when you are not using them, installing low-flow showerheads and toilets in your home, fixing leaky faucets and adjusting your sprinklers so only your lawn is watered – not the street or the sidewalk.
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