Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Today, Tuesday, March 22, is World Water Day. The declaration of the first World Water Day in 1993 grew out of the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 in Rio de Janiero. On this day in 2004, a network to address water concerns in Africa was launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This year's focus is on waters for cities, which constitute only 2% of the land mass, but hold 50% of the population.
Potable water is an increasingly precious resource, yet European experts estimate that 20-40% of all water in Europe is lost due to leaks in the supply system, dripping taps and unsustainable irrigation practices, a problem that must be addressed.
Morer information on World Water Day 2011 may be found here.