on earth is based on water. And the
quality of life directly depends on water
Healthy ecosystems are sustained by good water quality, which
leads to improved human well-being. On the contrary, poor water quality affects
the environment and human well-being. Enough to mention waterborne diseases
causing the death of more than 1.5 million children every year.
The quality of our water resources is more and more threatened by pollution.
Human activity over the past 50 years is responsible for unprecedented contamination
of water resources in history. More than 2.5 billion people globally live without
adequate sanitation. Every day, 2 million tons of sewage and other
effluents drain into the world’s waters. The problem is worse in developing countries
where over 90% of raw sewage and 70% of untreated industrial wastes are dumped
into surface waters.
If we bring climate
change into the picture, then we need to factor in floods
and droughts posing great challenges to water quality on top of the growing
sources of pollution. how much are we aware of the fact that human population
Increase, coupled with changing production and consumption patterns, have
seen an upsurge of industrial processes, mining, agriculture, and urbanization
resulting in the release of heavy metals, radioactive elements, organic toxins,
and discarded pharmaceuticals into the environment.
On the 22nd of March, as every year the world will celebrate World Water Day.
UN-Water, together with UNEP will try to bring the world’s attention
to the critical issue of water quality.
Stay tuned. Visit the World Water Day website for more information on the subject.