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World Water Day

Did you know March 22nd is World Water Day? The day first became recognized in 1993 by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The purpose of World Water Day is "to focus attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources".

Fresh water holds great importance not only for drinking and sanitation but for growing the food we eat. More than three million people die each year due to unclean water conditions, according to Water.org. And another billion people have no access to sanitation facilities. While we may take for granted easy access to hot showers, drinking water from a tap, and toilets that flush we need to be aware of how lucky we are to have clean water.

In 2010, Mr. Rooter Plumbing was lucky enough to be able to assist in Haiti building water filters, testing their water sources and establishing a micro-fund to help them sell clean water throughout their village.

After spending time in Haiti and seeing how difficult it was for most of the Haitians to get any kind of water - especially drinking water - I began to really appreciate water and its importance. The average Haitian uses just five gallons of water a day. Water is the source of life for us, and we should never take it for granted.

What can you do to help? Think about reducing the amount of water you use as well as donating time or money to causes such as Global Water (www.globalwater.org), Charity Water (www.charitywater.org), or The Water Project (www.waterproject.org). Here's wishing you a world class day! Enjoy your next cold glass of water.