World Water Day 2013

Today marks the celebration of World Water Day, a day set apart by the United Nations to increase water awareness and promote sustainable management of freshwater resources. So, in honor of World Water Day, we’d like to share a few facts about water around the world.

World Water by Numbers

  • Water, energy, and food are intrinsically linked: water is needed to produce energy, energy is needed to deliver the water needed for food production [1]
  • In much of the world, water plays a role in gender inequality. Research in sub-Saharan Africa suggests that women and girls in low-income countries spend 40 billion hours a year collecting water. That’s time spent they could have used for education or other work and family care! [2]
  • In 60% of European cities with more than 100,000 people, groundwater is being used at a faster rate than it can be replenished [3]
  • About every 19 seconds, a mother loses a child due to a water related illness [4]
  • 1.8 billion people around the world still lack access to fresh water [5]
  • The average American uses 100 to 176 gallons of water per day; in contrast, the average African family uses 5 gallons of water per day! [6]

For more about the world water crisis, check out this video produced by charity: water.

Whether it’s related to our personal hygiene, the food we eat, our yard and home care routine, the products we use, or the clothes we wear, water influences every aspect of our daily lives.

This year’s theme for World Water Day is cooperation. Here’s what the UN has to say about water cooperation:

“Water is a shared resource and its management need to take into account a wide variety of conflicting interests. This provides opportunities for cooperation among users. . . . Promoting water cooperation implies an interdisciplinary approach bringing in cultural, educational and scientific factors, as well as religious, ethical, social, political, legal, institutional and economic dimensions.”

Here at Orbit, much of our business revolves around water. We are dedicated to protecting and conserving this precious resource while helping homeowners around the world maintain beautiful landscapes. Please join us in using smart water management skills, heeding water regulations in your area, and doing your part to keep our water resources safe. You can visit our conservation resources pages on our website and on this blog.

We’re interested. Please share what you are doing to conserve water.