World Water Day is an international day to celebrate freshwater. It is held every year on the 22 March to focus attention on the importance of water and advocating sustainable management of our water resources. As March 22 falls on a Saturday, World Water Day will be held on Friday 21 March this year.

In Australia we are fortunate to have widely accessible safe drinking water. However, there are many other people who don’t have this luxury. Did you know that more than 1 billion people lack access to safe drinking water? Much of the world’s freshwater is contaminated by natural or human causes degrading the quality and safety of the water consumed. As a result, approximately 3.5 million people die each year due to inadequate water supply, sanitation and hygiene.

This year on World Water Day the United Nations (UN) is focusing on raising the awareness of the inter-linkages between energy and water. Energy has different forms, and water is crucial to produce, transport and use all forms of energy to some degree. This symbiotic relationship between water and energy needs to be leveraged through sustainable management. This is because the demand for water and energy will continue to increase significantly in the coming decade. Demand in one will stimulate demand in another. Therefore, energy and water policies need to be governed effectively to ensure these resources are accessible and sustainable.

Supporting World Water Day this year means that you are supporting an overarching goal of eradicating water and sanitation poverty for communities around the globe. With the 2015 target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) clearly on the horizon it is more important than ever to raise awareness of World Water Day 2014.

Join the IntoScience team in raising awareness of World Water Day!