Today is World Water Day (WWD) and it is time to engage and inspire everyone to conserve a colourless and odour less but precious thing called water. WWD is observed every year to focus the attention of people on the importance of freshwater and to promote sustainable management of freshwater resources.
The international observance of WWDay is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro.
The United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March of each year as the World Day for Water by adopting a resolution.
This world day for water was to be observed starting in 1993, in conformity with the recommendations of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. From then on WWD is celebrated every year with a new theme highlighting an explicit aspect of freshwater. And, for 2010, the theme is “Clean Water for a Healthy World”.
India has wealth of water resources and there are 12 major rivers whose total catchment area is 252.8 million hectare. Of these, the Ganga-Brahmaputra Meghana system is the biggest with an area of about 110 M.Ha which is more than 43 per cent of the catchment area of all the major rivers in the country. However, even to this day, one in every eight persons does not have access for pure water despite spending hours.
In rural areas, women and children collect water from distant resources. Hence, WWD gives us opportunity to remember our commitment to achieve the day when everyone in the world can have safe drinking water.
Sudhindr A B