World Water Day is on 22nd March. It is an annual United Nations observance focusing on the importance of freshwater with the aim of celebrating water and raising awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. The day is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis.

The core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: Water and sanitation for all by 2030.

The theme for the 2023 observance is “Accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis” with the central message as “Be the change you want to see in the world”.

To encourage you to be the change you want to see in the world, here are some pointers on how you can personally accelerate change in solving the global water and sanitation crisis:

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Take shorter showers. Close the tap when brushing your teeth, doing dishes, and preparing food. Keep an eye on containers for fetching water always.

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Don't put liquid waste, oils, medicines, and chemicals down your drains. Also, avoid unsustainable mining activities, especially in rivers and streams.

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Plant a tree or create a rain garden: Use natural solutions to reduce the risk of flooding and store water

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Reach out to authorities: assembly representatives, NGOs,etc to learn about budgets for improving water in your localities.

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Take part in clean-ups of your local rivers, streams, wetlands, gutters, and streets.

World Water Day serves as a reminder that we all have a responsibility to protect and conserve this vital resource. By taking simple steps such as reducing water usage, avoiding harmful waste disposal practices, and participating in clean-up efforts, we can make a meaningful impact in solving the global water and sanitation crisis.

Let us all be the change we want to see in the world and work towards achieving SDG 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.