The Importance of World Water Day

By Ami Patel, March 22, 2017, Energy Efficiency, Green

When you wake up in the morning, what do you do? Chances are you splash some water on your face, brush your teeth, jump in the shower, pour water into the coffee machine, eat some breakfast and head out for another day. Even if this isn’t an exact picture of your morning, if you’re like the majority of people, water plays a big part in your daily routine.

It’s easy to take clean running water for granted. For most of us, it’s always there when we need it. But for millions of people around the world, this is not the case.

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In 2015, the World Economic Forum concluded the water crisis we are currently experiencing is the No. 1 risk to the world in terms of impact and the devastation it will cause.

The risk comes in two forms. First, 663 million people, or approximately one in 10, lack access to clean drinking water. Each time they take a drink, they risk exposing themselves to waterborne diseases such as dysentery, cholera or typhoid, according to the World Health Organization.

More widespread is the fact that much of the world is facing a long-term water shortage. This is a crisis many living in Texas and the southwestern regions of the United States are familiar with. And though long-term drought may strike particular regions, it is a global problem that requires global cooperation.

World Water Day

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For nearly 25 years, March 22 has been designated by the United Nations as World Water Day. In collaboration with governments and other organizations, the day is intended to inspire people around the world to conserve water and get involved with initiatives focused on ensuring people in every community have access to clean, healthy water.

Each year since its inception, World Water Day has taken on a different theme. In 2017, the theme will be “Wastewater.” Motivated by the unpleasant fact that the majority of global wastewater is dumped back into streams and natural water sources without being treated, the goal this year is to explore ways we can reduce wastewater and reuse it for the benefit of green spaces.

Water for Energy

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As a Texas-based energy company, we’ve seen the effects of drought firsthand, and like many who have spent dry days waiting for rain, have a special love for water. It’s not just that scarcity makes the heart grow fonder, as the old saying goes. Our concern for the health of Texas’s water supply is part of our larger mission to supply green energy to our customers.

We believe that creating a healthy, sustainable environment is in everyone’s best interest. That’s one reason we work together with customers and organizations to promote clean water. After all, it’s hard to imagine what it would be like to wake up and not know if water will come out of your faucet, or if you can safely drink the glass of water in front of you.

Clean water and clean energy go hand in hand. By celebrating World Water Day, we can work together to ensure no one takes these for granted.

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