World Water Day is March 22, 2023
World Water Day was established by the United Nations (UN) in 1993 as an international day to highlight the importance of safe water and to bring awareness to the world water crisis. Today, water is one of the 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, which aims to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all” by the year 2030. According to the U.N. currently 1 in 4 people – 2 billion people worldwide – lack safe drinking water. Additionally, 1.4 million people die annually and 74 million will have their lives shortened by diseases related to poor water, sanitation, and hygiene, due to preventable diseases such as cholera and typhoid. It is expected that water consumption will increase by 55% by 2050, due to the growing population and higher consumption rate. Water is a finite resource under growing pressure so we urgently need to be more efficient and fairer in how it gets used.
See below for J-WAFS research, news, and events related to the water crisis and what we're doing to help.
J-WAFS PI studying drought profiled in MIT News