March 22 is World Water Day. First designated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993, World Water Day is managed by UN-Water in partnership with governments and organizations.
This year’s World Water Day theme is Why Wastewater. The theme focuses on how we can improve the collection and treatment of wastewater in order to reuse it.
Across the world, 663 million people lack access to clean, safe drinking water close to where they live. Here in the United States, entire cities of people do not have access to clean, safe drinking water. Water is essential to health. The human body cannot last more than 3 days without water.
Water is as essential to health as the air we breathe. Access to clean, safe drinking water is a hallmark of the NPHW facts for creating healthy communities and preparing for the effects of climate change.
What can you do?
As planners and public health workers, look for ways to incorporate access to water into your design work. Provide access to water fountains and work with cities and municipalities to talk about the water table and how planning and development can impact community water sources.
Looking for more information on World Water Day? World Water Day 2017
Also check out this press release about APA’s recent award from the Pisces Foundation to work on water issues.