Today is World Water Day and we’re being urged to spare a thought for those who don’t have access to clean drinking water.

New Zealanders in rural and remote communities – who depend on rainwater to fill tanks – already know what it’s like to face challenges with the natural resource but today is about learning about the global water cycle.

Some water factoids… it takes more water to manufacture a car than it does to fill a swimming pool. And to produce two steaks, it takes 15,000 litres of water.

A day to celebrate, a day to change, a day to prepare….

World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It’s a day to celebrate water. It’s a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It’s a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future.

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. 22 years later, World Water Day is celebrated around the world shining the spotlight on a different issue every year. This issue is also the theme of the annual UN World Water Development Report which is launched on World Water Day.

In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is ‘Water and Sustainable Development‘. It’s about how water links to all areas we need to consider to create the future we want.

Each year, UN-Water provides resources to inspire celebrations for World Water Day.

For more information about World Water Day and facts about our world’s most precious resource, visit the UN website: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday

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