World Water Day 2008

 March 22nd has been adopted as World Water Day by the United Nations General Assembly. This observance stemmed from the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED).

This year’s theme for World Water Day is Sanitation, which coincides with the UN General Assembly’s Resolution as 2008 being the International Year of Sanitation (IYS). So what can we do for World Water Day? Stop using so much bottled water.

In 2007, 8.82 billion gallons of bottled water were sold in the U.S.; creating an $11.7 billion industry. Fortunately, in the U.S. we already have safe tap water to drink so why are we wasting our resources and money for bottled water?

The Santa Clara Valley Water District has some incredible information in a video about the resources we use to get our bottled water:

GreenLivingOnline.com, has an excellent article about World Water Day and the planed activities of some Canadian university students.

Some tips for everyday use

or

at least for being

Green on Thursdays:

  • Reduce your use of bottled water. Drink tap water.

  • Reuse the empty bottles. Sure, you might like to take a bottle of water to the gym but why not refill the bottle with tap water, place it in the fridge to chill, and take it with you for your next workout.

  • Recycle the empty bottles. If you can’t seem to break your habit of purchasing the bottled water then at least make sure the empties are placed in your recycling bin.

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