World Water Day & Rainwater Harvesting
World Water Day 2016
We hope you were able to join us in celebrating World Water Day on 22nd March?
An annual international event since 1993, World Water Day is a great opportunity to learn about water-related issues, like global water quality and conservation. It’s interesting to note that the United Nations have been encouraging us to observe and change our water consumption habits for nearly 25 years now.
Each year, UN-Water looks at the big challenges facing water and sanitation and chooses a theme for World Water Day to help raise awareness of these issues and inspire people to take action. This year’s theme was “Better Water, Better Jobs” – here’s the trailer…
Better Water, Better Jobs
The purpose of this year’s event was to shine a spotlight on the 1.5 billion people (including our expert team of drain doctors), who work in water-related sectors. All jobs, businesses, economies and societies depend on water to some degree, so it’s great to see the people who ensure its safe delivery, in terms of quantity and quality, getting some recognition for their efforts.
Almost half the world’s workers work in water-related sectors, but sadly, millions of them are excluded from basic labour rights. It’s hoped that World Water Day 2016 will inspire governments to recognise the important roles these people play and take action that will make a real difference to workers’ lives and livelihoods.
The Importance of Water Conservation
World Water Day also aims to encourage individuals and communities to spread the word about water conservation and take action to help mitigate the impact of droughts and water shortages.
Government policy often calls for mains water consumption to be reduced at certain times of the year, so a whole day devoted to solutions that could have a positive impact for generations to come should be welcomed.
According to a report by the University of Michigan, “Only 1% of the world’s fresh water is accessible for direct human uses. This is the water found in lakes, rivers, reservoirs and those underground sources that are shallow enough to be tapped at an affordable cost”.
This surprising statistic shows just how vital it is that we protect and conserve the water available to us and not take it for granted.
In the spirit of inspiring people to take action, here’s an idea that will help you save water and reduce your water bills…
Our rainwater harvesting systems collect rainwater (as the name suggests), store it, purify it and distribute it for use in toilets, washing machines, dishwashers and even as drinking water. If the supply runs out, then mains water will kick in until the next rainfall occurs.
Rainwater harvesting can be installed on residential and commercial properties and is not only environmentally friendly, but can also save up to 50% of your metered water costs.
At Drain Doctor, we use Home Harvest and Garden Harvest rainwater systems to make it easy for you to gather and reuse rainwater in your homes and businesses across East Anglia.
If you’re feeling inspired and ready to make a change, give us a call today to arrange a free site visit and consultation.