Today marks the third day of the 26th World Water Week (28 August – 2 September), an annual event which is hosted and organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI). It is aimed at addressing global water issues as well as concerns related to international development. Each year, the event focuses on a different theme, to generate discussion of a specific water-related topic. The theme for this year’s event is “Water for Sustainable Growth”.
Less than 1% of surface water is useable water in rivers,
lakes and ponds; less than 3% is in glaciers and polar ice caps, which means
around 97% of the world’s water is in the sea, is salty and unusable. Over 65% of the cells in our bodies is
water, which means we just cannot live without water; no wonder
water is such a precious resource. In fact, the UN estimated
that by 2025, 50% of the world will be facing a water crisis. Yet many of us seem
to take water availability for granted and waste vast amounts of it while we go
about our daily lives, or do we really take water for granted?