For some, water is all about staying hydrated whilst working or exercising, whilst for others, it’s about the beauty of water in nature and the feeling that gives them. Other responses ranged from the joy of splashing in puddles with children to watering home-grown fruit and veg for the family to enjoy.
Seeing the range of responses makes you realise how important water is to our lives in a variety of ways, beyond just the obvious one of needing to drink water to stay hydrated and healthy. We all interact with water in different ways, some a little, some a lot, but for each individual that personal connection, experience, or routine they have with water goes much deeper than we may have thought.
Of course, for many people around the world, just having access to clean water is a daily challenge and that is fundamentally what World Water Day is all about. Today, water is under extreme threat from a growing population, the increasing demands of agriculture and industry, and the worsening impact of climate change. As societies balance the demands on water resources, people’s interests are being considered less and less.
The value of water is much more than its price; it has enormous complex value for our households, culture, health, education, economics, and the integrity of our natural environment. If these get overlooked then we risk mismanaging this finite, irreplaceable source that means many things to many people, and is vital to life in all its forms.
Celebrate World Water Day with us and tell us what it means to you.