World Water Day has been celebrated internationally since 1993. It is a day to remind us that in 2020, 2.2 billion people still lacked access to safe water. Today, a large focus of this day is Sustainable development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.
Check out the following ideas for how to celebrate world water day!
Choose to take shorter showers, turn off the water while shaving or brushing your teeth, and only run the dishwasher and washing machine when they are full. Talk with family members or those living in your home and come up with other ideas to implement throughout your home. Perhaps you will install a rain barrel to water your outdoor plants and use fallen ice cubes to water your indoor plants. Maybe you will do a “shortest shower contest” and see who can take the shortest showers. There are so many fun and unique ways to save water; I wonder what ideas you will come up with!
Speaking of fun challenges, challenge yourself to the 13-gallon challenge. In 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa, residents were restricted to 13 gallons of water per person per day due to the city’s water supply running dry. To put this into perspective, new toilets that are more water-friendly use ~2 gallons of water PER FLUSH, and the average person uses the restroom around seven times per day. Americans use ~300 gallons of water per day. Can you use only 13 for a day? What about 13 gallons of water per day for a week? Challenge yourself and record each time you use water. Keep track of your water usage and see if there are ways you can cut down on your water consumption!
Plant a tree!
Though this might seem random, it is an excellent way to help celebrate and protect water. In our local watersheds, soil degradation is a huge problem! By planting trees, you are helping to promote soil health and stormwater retention, which can help with downstream flooding.
Clean a storm drain
Head outside, find a storm drain, and clean it off. Simple task leads to big effects. Remove litter from our roads and keep it out of our rivers. This will keep our sidewalks and roads safe by helping water move down the drain quickly-eliminating localized flooding in rain events.