Published: March 18, 2018

    World Water Day: A Look Back on This Year in Water News

    Every year on March 22nd we celebrate World Water Day in order to focus attention on the importance of water for our health, livelihood, and the wellbeing of the planet. Since 1993 the United Nations has selected a theme for World Water Day, and this year the theme is “Nature for Water,” encouraging all citizens to learn about nature-based solutions to common water problems, like protecting the environment and reducing pollution.

    World Water Day is also a great day to take stock – here’s what happened this year in the world of water:

    Devastating Hurricanes

    Hurricanes Harvey and Irma proved that tropical storms and the power of water can unleash some of the most destructive forces on Earth. Hurricane Harvey caused about $125 billion in damages, the second-most costly natural disaster in U.S. history behind Hurricane Katrina.

    Shortly after, the catastrophic Hurricane Irma ripped through the Atlantic basin, causing unimaginable damage in Barbuda, the Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Cuba, and several other islands. Widespread flooding in Texas, Florida, and other southern and coastal states caused substantial water pollution, forcing many homeowners to disinfect their water treatment systems.

    Water Shortages

    While the California drought made headlines a few years ago the lack of water in the region never fully self-corrected. Just last month we learned that a dry winter and higher temperatures exacerbated the drought in California, leaving 44% of the state in a moderate drought and 5% of the state in a severe drought.

    Internationally water is also in short supply in many major metropolises. Cape Town, the bustling city in South Africa, is in danger of completely running out of water. While officials are doing their best to combat the drought in the region the city may have to shut off most of its taps by July.

    Ongoing Contaminant Problems

    When water wasn’t running low it was in danger of being contaminated. Several regions discovered or reported contaminant levels surpassing federal regulations in 2017. Pittsburgh saw alarmingly high levels of lead, the arsenic levels in Ohio were dangerously high, and TTHMs in Arizona exceeded the federal limit.

    On a national level, more attention was brought to the ongoing concern of microplastics and plastic fibers lurking in our tap water. It was estimated that 94% of the water in the U.S. contains plastic.

    Education and New Breakthroughs

    Not all water news was negative. Pelican Water made great strides this year in educating homeowners and upgrading our signature line of products to provide the most reliable water filtration available. In order to demystify the science behind water filtration we collated and published several educational pieces about topics like reverse osmosis, well water, and UV treatment. This knowledge helps customers make the best possible decision for their needs based on their individual water quality. We will be publishing more pages later this year to connect readers with in-depth information about common contaminants.

    We also unveiled the first and only dual-certified combination filter and softener system on the market to provide homeowners with the highest quality system on the market. The NSF certifications in hard water scale prevention and chlorine reduction prove our combo systems provide fresh and pure tap water in your home.

    What can you do to help protect the Earth’s most precious resource? Read more about World Water Day on the official website to discover how you can help safeguard the natural ecosystem where fresh water resides. You can also safeguard the health of your family by installing a whole house filter to prevent those newsworthy contaminants from finding their way into your water.