Campbell Valley Regional Park, British Columbia

The importance of being water wise

March 22nd is World Water Day. This special day focuses attention on the importance of fresh water and on the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

To mark World Water Day, we’d like to share some useful information and tools for water conservation.

Did you know that there are over one billion cubic kilometers of water in the world (one cubic kilometer fills about 300 Olympic-sized swimming pools) but 97.5% of that is salt water? Only a tiny fraction of the world’s water is fresh and accessible. To put it into perspective, if all the Earth’s water were stored in a five-litre container, available fresh water would not quite fill a teaspoon!

Moreover, according to Thomas Homer-Dixon, director of the Trudeau Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Toronto and author of The Upside of Down: Catastrophe, Creativity, and the Renewal of Civilization, the world’s population consumes as much water as would keep 40 waterfalls the size of Niagara Falls running non-stop, all day long, year after year. If this trend continues, by 2025, more than 1/3 of people on earth will live with water stress, meaning supply won’t meet demand!

Even something as simply as a leaky faucet can waste more than 25 litres a day, which comes to about 9,000 litres a year.

Take a moment to calculate your water use at:

Get water conservation tips from Metro Vancouver’s We Love Water page.

Every drop saved means we’re that much closer to making a difference!

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