Veteran's Day. President's Day. Memorial Day. These are all days on the calendar that are widely celebrated by people all over the country. These and many others like them are national holidays - kids get a day off from work and adults get a day off from school. Though these types of days are commonly used for barbecuing and parties, they are ostensibly so that we can enjoy a period of national observance to remember what they truly stand for and to honor their original intent without distraction.
Despite this, there is one important day that occurs each year that millions of Americans do NOT know anything about. It's a day just as important as any other, but it has only a fraction of the attention that it deserves - World Water Day. World Water Day is observed on the 22nd of March each year and it is just as important as any other on the calendar.
The History of World Water Day
As its name suggests, World Water Day is a day dedicated to focusing on our most precious of natural resources and the important role that it plays in our lives: water. It was started by the United Nations General Assembly in 1993. That particular organization devotes this day each year to not only implementing recommendations regarding water resources all over the world, but to also spread the message that clean water and sustainable water habits are among the most important in modern society.
What World Water Day is About
Above all else, World Water Day was designed to bring worldwide attention to water-related issues that are occurring all over the world on a daily basis. It's easy to take for granted in the United States that clean drinking water isn't a privilege, but a natural human right. Despite this, there are nations all over the country without sustainable water sources that are negatively paying the price for that fact on a daily basis.
World Water Day is all about calling attention to issues of water access, privatization, water pollution, drought, health, sustainability and more. The hope is that by bringing attention and raising awareness for these issues, people all over the world can do their part in eradicating water-related problems in our lifetime.
How World Water Day is Being Overlooked
The major way that World Water Day is being overlooked has to do with its lack of perceived value and the celebration reverence that so many other holidays enjoy. From a tactical perspective, World Water Day is just as important as any other but receives a fraction of the attention.
The truth of the matter, however, is that just one day won't end water-related problems on Earth. In a perfect world, the need for a yearly day of observance for impoverished nations and water troubles on the planet wouldn't exist because every day would be World Water Day.
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Many cities report that their tap water has high levels of lead, nitrates, arsenic or other pollutants. Today, as it stand many communities simply have no way of knowing if their tap water is safe or contaminated. As there is no testing or monitoring that takes place.