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Safe and Clean Water for all – India prospects on International water day.

By GovernanceToday
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March 13, 2019
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International World Water Day is held annually on 22 March as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

Sources says:

  • 2.1 billion People live without water at home.
  • One in four primary school have no drinking water services, with people using unprotected sources or going thirsty.
  • More than 700 children under five year of age die every day from diarrhea linked to unsafe water and poor sanitation
  • Globally ,80% of the people who have to use unsafe and unprotected water sources live in rural area
  • Women and girl are responsible for water collection in eight out of ten household with water off-premises
  • 68.5 million people who have been forced to flee their homes accessing safe water service is highly problematic
  • Around 159 million people collect their drinking water from surface water, such as ponds and streams.
  • Around 4 billion people –nearly 2/3 of the world population –experience severe water scarcity during at least one month of the year.
  • Over 800 women die every day from complication in pregnancy and childbirth
  • 700 million people worldwide could be displaced by intense water scarcity by 2030.

India prospects:

The right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation is a human right.The human right to water entitles for everyone without discrimination.

As the “ROTI-KAPRA OR MAKAAN” is necessity of the day we can’t forget the importance of Water and sanitation .whoever you are ,where ever you are water is your human right we can’t move forward as a society while so many people are living without safe water.This can only happen when we understand the importance of water and keep saving of water in our routine.

Governments play a key role in ensuring access to water in a world where almost 90% of the population lives in urban areas. Water and sanitation services are struggling to keep pace with increasing urbanization and it is often necessary to work to maintain public infrastructure and thus avoid massive losses so it is compulsory for every citizen of India to promote Swach Bharat Abhiyan. Water and sanitation are essential services for the dignity of citizens and for a decent quality of life.

The year 2019 start with “Make every drop count “emphasis is placed on the making of water so that we can appreciate how valuable water is. To help the public translate knowledge to practice, we can help or support in this mission to government:-

The new India has rebranded its water sa​ving tips under the mnemonic W-A-T-E-R.:​

         W- Wash cloth on full load

           A -Always use half – flush when possible

      T- Turn off shower when soaping

       E-  Ensure tape is off when brushing teeth and shaving

             R- Rinse vegetable in containers

Apart from this now a day the urban society is rigorously using water purifier , An average RO or water purifier waste approximately three liters of water for every one liter of water ,i.e. 25% of water purified and 75% water come out as waste . However the RO waste water can be used in various ways to avoid overall wastage. So plan to store it first…

  • Wash your Car
  • Watering your Plant or home Garden
  • Wash your utensils
  • Floor Moping
  • Pre-rinsing Laundry
  • Cleaning and flushing your Toilets

Every year we read and listen to news of farmers committing suicide because of droughts. And there are thousands and Lakhs of families in our country who have to travel for miles every day to collect drinking water. If you are fortunate enough to be blessed with sufficient water supply, think of it as a privilege.

World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues, be inspired to tell others and take action to make a difference.

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