World Water Day 2022

The 22nd of March marks World Water Day. We give a brief overview of what it is, what the themes are, and where to find out more

What is World Water Day?

On 22 March every year, World Water Day raises awareness on the importance of water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water.

The UN develops a report (called the UN World Water Development Report) that sets the theme for a range of key events and campaigning activities throughout the year. The findings of the report are used to make recommendations to policymakers.

What are the themes?

This year’s report is called ‘Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible’.

  • Groundwater accounts for roughly 99% of all liquid freshwater on Earth.
  • Groundwater already provides 50% of water withdrawn for domestic use across the world, including the drinking water for most of the rural population.
  • Groundwater provides 25% of all water withdrawn for irrigation.
  • Groundwater as a resource is often poorly understood, and consequently undervalued, mismanaged and even abused.
  • Groundwater is key to preventing poverty, securing food and water, to the creation of decent jobs, and to the resilience of societies to climate change. 
  • Reliance on groundwater is set to increase due to demand from all sectors and unpredictable rainfall patterns.

Where to find out more?

Further details on World Water Day and how to take action can be found here: www.worldwaterday.org

The UN report, along with historical World Water Day reports, can be found in here. There is a shortened executive summary and a facts and figures document: www.unwater.org/publication_categories/world-water-development-report

Borrowed Time will be providing further analysis and content on global water trends.