Happy 2022! Groundwater – making the invisible visible!

Jan 9, 2022

World Water Day’s 2022 theme is groundwater – making the invisible visible!

Year 2022 will definitely be “our” year because this year’s World Water Day topic is “Groundwater – making the invisible visible”. The World Water Day is on 22 March every year. It is an annual United Nations Observance, started in 1993, that celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2 billion people currently living without access to safe water. There will be three sub-topics this year:

The hidden solution

Groundwater is invisible, but its impact is visible everywhere. Our drinking water and sanitation, our food supply and natural environment – all these rely on groundwater.

Groundwater is critically important to the healthy functioning of ecosystems, such as wetlands. In deltas and coastal areas, groundwater also ensures the stability of the ground and prevents seawater intrusion under the land.

Groundwater has always been critically important to human society and ecosystems, but it hasn’t been fully recognized. Groundwater must be at the heart of sustainable development policymaking.

Protect and preserve

What we do on the surface matters underground. We must only put harmless, biodegradable products on the soil and use groundwater as efficiently as possible.

Human activities over-use and pollute groundwater in many places. In others, we don’t know how much water is down there. Groundwater is out of sight, but it mustn’t be out of mind.

Groundwater needs to be used carefully and sustainably – but we cannot manage what we do not measure. Groundwater must be thoroughly explored, analyzed and monitored.

A changing world

Groundwater will play a critical role in adapting to climate change, especially drought. We must protect and explore groundwater, balancing the needs of people and the planet.

Climate change is being felt through water. In some places, there is too much water; in others, too little. In the driest parts of the world, groundwater may be the only water people have.

Groundwater crosses borders, just like climate change. We must work together to improve the way we share transboundary groundwater resources, balancing the needs in a changing world.

Read more: www.worldwaterday.org

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