Neda Simeonova is editorial director of Water & Wastes Digest. Simeonova can be reached at [email protected] or 847.391.1011.
Every year, on March 22, we celebrate World Water Day. This annual event highlights the importance of water and focuses attention on sustainable water management practices.
According to UN Water, more than 768 million people do not have access to reliable sources of drinking water and 2.5 billion people are without reliable sanitation. With the world population expected to grow from a little over 7 billion today to 8 billion by 2025, water withdrawals are expected to increase by 50% in developing countries and by 18% in developed countries. This year, UN Water is focusing on the energy-water nexus, emphasizing that water and energy are inextricably linked, and that 1.3 billion people worldwide lack electricity.
It is more important than ever to implementation of responsible water and energy management strategies. Our water supplies are not endless. In order to ensure high-quality water availability for generations to come, everyone from the federal, to state, to local, to consumer level must make a pledge to conserve water and energy.