World Water Day is back for the 22nd March 2022, with the focus being about groundwater, making the invisible visible everywhere.
“World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.” United Nations
What is World Water Day about for 2022?
Every year, World Water Day brings attention to different water-related issues. This year, the focus is on groundwater, which is often overlooked even though it’s a vital part of the water cycle. Groundwater provides drinking water for billions of people and helps sustain agriculture and ecosystems. Unfortunately, it’s being depleted at an alarming rate, and many areas are facing water shortages as a result. To make the invisible visible, we need to better understand groundwater and how to protect it.
Groundwater is often called the invisible water because it is out of sight and beneath our feet. However, groundwater is a critical resource that we need to better understand and protect. Groundwater shortages are already happening in some areas of the world, and they are projected to get worse as the population grows and climate change impacts water supplies.
The water cycle is an important part of understanding groundwater. Precipitation falls from the sky and flows into rivers and streams. Some of this water evaporates back into the atmosphere. While some is used by plants or flows back into the ground to recharge groundwater aquifers. Groundwater can be used for drinking, irrigation, manufacturing, and other purposes.
We need to take steps to protect our groundwater resources. This includes conserving water, managing runoff, recharging aquifers, and using alternative sources of water where appropriate. Here are some ways to make the invisible visible:
An aquifer assists in protecting the groundwater. So knowing which process can help remediate the contaminated water is essential to recharge the water after extraction.
Climate change is a threat to groundwater. By making a change to protect our planet and environment we can help reduce rainfalls and high temperatures affecting the recharge of groundwater.
Groundwater is not always “pure” and can be dangerous drinking water. Finding better ways to see the groundwater can help demystify and find ways to extract it and make it safe for drinking.
We need several people and organisations to come together to teach, share and learn about groundwater because we need to communicate a range of knowledge and idea.
In conclusion, we need to join hands and work together to teach each other about groundwater, share solutions for safer water, and take steps to making a change to our environment. By working together we can make a difference and improve the quality of groundwater for all.
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