World Water Day
The United Nations’ (UN) World Water Day is held on March 22 each year to promote access to fresh, clean drinking water for all. Many events are organised on or around this day to increase people’s awareness of water’s importance in environment, agriculture, health and trade. These events take place worldwide during World Water Day and include visual art, theatrical and musical celebrations of water, sports competitions including swimming, and excursions to local rivers lakes and reservoirs. Alongside this, people also hold campaigns and fundraising events on or around World Water Day to raise money for access to clean, affordable water and to raise awareness of the importance of clean water and of protecting water resources.
World Water Day was created as part of Agenda 21, a worldwide action plan for areas where human activities may affect the environment.
The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on December 22, 1992, declaring March 22 to be the World Day for Water each year. Countries were encouraged to develop activities to highlight local needs for water. The first World Day for Water was observed in 1993.
The Water for Life Decade was launched on World Water Day in 2005. This decade will run from 2005 to 2015 and give a high profile to women’s participation and the UN’s water-related programs.
The Water Delivery Company recognise the importance of the need to promote access to and preservation of sources of clean drinking water for all people across the globe, and see World Water Day as a positive step towards this.