Raise A Glass of H2O to World Water Day
Water and Sustainable Development” is the theme for 2015
In record numbers, Canadians are taking action in support of World Water Day (March 22nd). This year, they are turning to over 100 grassroots, non-profit organizations officially marking World Water Day by launching rain barrel sales to raise funds for their local projects. Whether it be donating to local or distant charities, providing assistance directly to those in need in their community, building beautiful outdoor spaces, or promoting sustainability, these schools, horticultural societies, service clubs, and faith-based groups, all recognize the importance of water conservation and the role rain barrels can play in the sustainable management of our limited water resources.
As we begin the annual transition from winter to spring, more Canadians than ever before have experienced the impact climate change can have on their reliance on water. Frozen pipes have been a significant issue for communities across Ontario and in neighbouring provinces, causing some residents to go more than a week without running water. Droughts and their resulting watering bans occur in many metropolitan areas each summer. In some areas rains and poor drainage lead to flooding of homes and rising water levels in our rivers. At the same time, municipalities are learning they will need to budget much more to fund repairs to related infrastructure. This year, World Water Day may deserve a little more of our attention like its better known relatives, Earth Hour (Mar 28th) and Earth Day (April 22nd).
World Water Day, first celebrated in 1993, was designated by the UN to highlight the importance of fresh water and to advocate for sustainable management of our water resources. “Water and Sustainable Development” is the theme for 2015 and focuses on all areas where water is linked to the future we want.
Water is at the core of sustainable development. Water resources, and the range of services they provide, underpin poverty reduction, economic growth and environmental sustainability. From food and energy security to human and environmental health, water contributes to improvements in social well-being and inclusive growth, affecting the livelihoods of billions.
Canadians can do their part to conserve water while nourishing organizations that promote sustainable water practices by supporting a local rain barrel sale. Sale locations can be found at www.RainBarrel.ca.
Rain barrels provide a free source of water that is ideal for vegetables, trees, lawns and plants because it does not contain fluoride and chlorine which are added to many municipal water systems. Rain barrels can reduce flooding potential and divert rainwater from storm sewers thus reducing the introduction of surface contaminants such as oil into our natural waterways. When outdoor water restrictions are in place, water from a rain barrel can be used to wash vehicles, water lawns, clean floors and do laundry. Having a source of stored water can be beneficial if an emergency ever arises.