As you can imagine, we take water conservation very seriously at Pelican Water. Water is our planet’s most precious resource; polluting water reservoirs or mismanaging water supplies can reap terrible consequences for the environment and for the health of your family. In the United States the water infrastructure is long overdue for a facelift, and the aging pipes that supply water to our homes, coupled with the contamination of water supplies from runoff and other causes, create a dire situation for the safety of our drinking water.
While the current conditions and treatment of drinking water in our country leaves a lot to be desired, a great deal of the world’s population doesn’t even have regular access to clean drinking water. Water is the building block to life, but countless communities suffer from water-related issues every day and will continue to do so unless our society as whole begins to do something about it.
World Water Day was first observed in 1993. The United Nations General Assembly designated March 22nd World Water Day in order to celebrate our most valuable resource and to unite the global population in its efforts to create a future in which water is properly managed and treated. It’s a day to make a difference in the lives of unfortunate people who don’t have the resources to provide their family with reliable drinking water.
Each year a different issue is highlighted on World Water Day, as designated by the United Nations. This year, the focus is on reducing and reusing wastewater as a valuable resource, and not as an afterthought. Most of the wastewater that flows from cities, from homes, and from agriculture goes back into nature directly without ever being treated. This greatly pollutes an already polluted environment, and wastes a resource – after all, why can’t wastewater be reused or repurposed?
The official World Water Day website lists several ideas for the reuse of wastewater, such as using greywater for gardens and plots of land. Green spaces in cities can utilize treated wastewater for plant life, reducing the amount of water used by the city each month. Discharge from agriculture and other industries can be recycled to use in irrigation and in cooling systems.
As the UN’s World Water Day fact sheet reports, nearly 70% of the booming population will live in city centers by 2050. Nearly all cities in developing countries lack the funding, resources, and infrastructure necessary to manage the treatment of wastewater in any sort of sustainable, efficient manner. Energy, nutrients, and other salvageable materials can be recovered from wastewater when the proper infrastructure is in place.
One of the best ways to get involved and make a difference on this important day is to attend an event and connect with your community to jumpstart water conservation programs. Find a World Water Day event near you (don’t worry, they’re being hosted all around the world) by visiting the official event page. Don’t see an event? Want to host one? Upload your own event and become a host!
Of course, it will take some time to properly give the world’s water infrastructure the facelift it needs to ensure that the drinking water in every family’s home is safe and pure. Every day, Pelican Water’s salt-free water softeners help reduce the amount of grey water (brine) going back into the water supply, unlike salt softeners. On average, salt based softeners dump 8,000 gallons of salt brine back into the water ecosystem every year. In the interim, outfit your home with an eco-friendly whole house filter or faucet drinking water filter to safeguard your loved ones from the common contaminants that could be lurking in your water.