Today is World Water Day.  A day of international observance, an opportunity to learn about water related issues, a day to be inspired and tell others about water, and a day to take action to make a difference.

March 22, 2016 marks the 23rd annual celebration of water.

Most of us are lucky to be able to turn on a faucet and have as much clean water as we’d like come out.  Unfortunately, there are many around the globe – and even in the US, who lack access to clean water.

Each year United Nations-Water, the entity that coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation, sets a theme for World Water Day corresponding to a current or future challenge.  This year the focus is “water and jobs” and for the first time the report will be released in Spanish and French, in addition to English.  Read more about the launch of the report here:

This year is also the first year that the United States White House will be hosting a Water Summit with live streaming of the event here:

Today I’d like to challenge you to try these simple ways to conserve water:

  • Turn off the faucet while you brush your teeth.  This can save up to 8 gallons of water, up to 200 gallons of water per month!
  • Take a shower instead of a bath.  A shower typically uses 10 to 25 gallons of water whereas a bath will consume up to 70.
  • Check that your toilet doesn’t leak.  Leaky toilets end up wasting 200 gallons of water per day.  Check for a leak by putting food coloring into the tank and see if it ends up in the bowl without flushing.
  • Water your plants in the early morning or late evening.  If you water your plants and lawn when it’s hot and sunny the water can evaporate before the plants have a chance to drink it.

How will you make a difference today?