March 22, 2014

World Water Day 2014

In 2011, 768 million people did not have an improved source of drinking-water,
and 2.5 billion people did not have access to improved sanitation.

World Water Day - How You Can Help

  • Capture rainfall in a cistern or rain barrel and use it to water your garden.
  • You can save water by conserving electricity, which accounts for 55% of all water use.
  • Install a low-flow toilet and plumbing fixtures.
  • Lessen stress on your local water system by minimizing use during peak daytime hours.
  • Dispose of prescription medicine and other toxic materials through local collection programs, not down the drain.
  • If you have to water lawn, do it early in the morning or after the sun has set to reduce water lost to evaporation.
  • Landscape with local drought-tolerant species.
  • Eat less meat.
  • Donate to NGOs working to improve access to clean water and sanitation.
  • Shower with a friend.


  1. Might I add, stop eating meat. The water that is used in growing the grain to feed meat animals alone is a huge, unnecessary drain on our precious water supply. The pollution of our water due to drain off of chemicals in the growing of that grain, plus the waste from the animals that pollutes the ground water. This one change could make such a difference on our planet.

    1. Miss Marla,

      Thank you for adding this important consideration when trying to be less demanding on our water resources. Producing and eating meat is really wasteful in so many ways.

      Another would be laying off fossil fuels. "Approximately 15–18 billion m3 of freshwater resources are contaminated by fossil fuel production every year."

      Much of that tainted water is effectively out of the water cycle for a long, long time.


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