World Water Day 2023 – Accelerating Change
March 22 is World Water Day. Held annually, World Water Day brings attention to the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
The objective is to raise awareness about the importance of global access to clean, safe water and the sustainable use of water. It’s also an opportunity to recognise the pivotal role water plays in daily life, supporting economic, social, and human development.
This year, World Water Day is focusing on accelerating change to solve the water and sanitation crisis. Water affects us all, we need everyone to take action.
The global campaign, called Be the Change, encourages people to take action in their own lives to change the way they use, consume and manage water.
The promises made by individuals on the campaign website will contribute to the Water Action Agenda - a main outcome of the United Nations (UN) 2023 Water Conference, which opens on World Water Day, 22 March 2023.
Here are some ways you can get involved this World Water Day:
1. Reduce Water Consumption
Take the challenge to be more mindful of your own water usage. Try reducing water usage during your day-to-day routine, think of how you can reuse water, and come up with ways to practice responsible water use. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- Turn off the tap when brushing teeth, shaving, or washing your face.
- Take shorter showers. Challenge yourself and try to beat your times.
- Install low-flow showerheads and faucets. This can reduce water consumption by about 50%.
- Wash only full loads in the dishwasher.
- When purchasing new water using appliances, look for water-saving models.
- Collect rainwater and re-purpose for watering your lawn and garden.
Find more tips on our Water Conservation Page.
2. Raise Awareness on Social Media
Social media is one of the most effective ways to spread awareness. Share World Water Day social media assets using #WorldWaterDay to generate debate and raise awareness. Social media resources provided by the UN can be found here.
3. Become Informed
Knowledge is power. Visit World Water Day’s official website for an abundance of resources including information about World Water Day, why its important, how you can be involved and more.
Rapid, transformative change is needed, and everyone can play their part. Every action – no matter how small – will make a difference.