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World Water Day: Help Bring Clean Drinking Water to All

Population that uses improved water sources as percent of total population. Image: Ionut Cojocaru

World Water Day is an international three-day conference that will be focusing this year on urban water supplies. Initially established as a way to call attention to, and take action about the lack of clean drinking water in many parts of the world, the conference now serves as a jumping off point for water awareness, improvement, and conservation.

According to the WHO, more than 1 billion people worldwide do not have access to clean drinking water. This figure is astonishing, especially here in the US where almost everyone has access to clean drinking water straight from the tap. Perhaps the only good news in all this is that there are lots of relatively simple ways you can help.

Consider a donation to a charity working to bring potable water to those without. There are organizations like Water.org or Safe Water Network whose work has brought clean drinking water to thousands; there’s also UNICEF’s  Tap Project, where restaurant diners donate $1 for every free glass of clean water they are served. And perhaps the easiest thing you can do is to be mindful of the water resources consumed by your household, and try to conserve where ever possible.

For more information on getting involved with World Water Day check out WorldWaterDay.org.

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