Time to celebrate International World Water Day! Every year on March 22, the United Nations takes time to bring the world’s attention to the importance of water and to advocate for the sustainable management of Earth’s dwindling water supplies. According to the UN, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home, which affects their health, education, and livelihoods.
This year’s theme, “The Answer is in Nature” looks at how damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption and challenges the world to look for solutions in nature to reduce floods, droughts, and water pollution. The theme contends that environmental damage from humans along with damages of climate change are the major drivers of the water-related crises around the world and we, as a global society, can find ways to prevent future damage and possibly reverse the damage by using nature-based solutions. Learn more about World Water Day’s theme by downloading the UN’s fact sheet.
How can you celebrate?
By being a Quench customer!
As a Quench customer you are drinking better, sustainable, locally-sourced water. Just one Quench water cooler keeps hundreds of 5-gallon water jugs from entering the waste stream. And in one year Quench’s 100,000 water coolers help keep over 20 million 5-gallon jugs from landfills and waterways! Raise a glass of water for Quench customers!
And since Quench water coolers filter the water from your local municipality, Quench customers help:
- Save up to 140 million kilowatt hours of electricity
- Conserve 6 million gallons of fuel – no need for gas-guzzling delivery trucks or ships transporting water
- Save millions of gallons of water – 3 gallons of water is used to fill 1 gallon of bottled water AND because of the chemical production of plastic, most of the 3 gallons of water is unusable.
Want to learn more about the ecological effects of the delivery of bottled water? Check out our infographic, Think Beyond the Bottle.
Keep the celebration going!
Snap a pic of your coworkers celebrating World Water Day with your Quench machine! Make sure to tag Quench!
Check out this interview of Doug Brown, CEO of our parent company AquaVenture Holdings, with the news network, Cheddar: https://cheddar.com/media/fixing-the-future-of-water
Participate in the local World Water Day event! Learn how you and your office can help raise awareness about nature-based solutions (NBS) by joining your neighbors at a local World Water Day event. Find an event near you!
Want to learn more about how nature-based solutions are sustainable and cost-effective way to rebalance the water cycle and combat climate change? Check out the UN’s World Water Day Stories.
Donate money and resources to organizations that are working to provide clean, safe drinking water for people in developing nations:
- charity:water – Founded in 2006, charity: water provides clean and safe drinking water to over 4.6 million people. The organization is backed by private funders so 100% of your charitable contribution will go to providing water.
- Water for People – Started in 1991, Water for People works to provide clean water and sanitation to the people of Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Bolivia, Peru, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, and India. Unlike many water donation charities, Water for People works with local communities and governments to invest in their own water solutions, monitors the water solution for 10 years, and teaches locals how to fix the solution in case it breaks.
- WaterisLife – Provides clean drinking water, sanitation, and hygiene education programs to schools and villages worldwide. Through their community-driven and community-engaged programs, WiL works with nonprofit partners, local governments, and community organizations to ensure households, schools, orphanages, and medical facilities have access to safe, clean water.
- Water.org – Founded by Gary White and actor Matt Damon, Water.org works to provide safe water and the dignity of private toilet facilities. Water.org works with local partners to tailor a solution to each community’s needs as well as provide intense training and motivation seminars for the community on the importance of good health and good hygiene.