World Water Day is celebrated on March 22 of each year and its main objective is to raise awareness about the importance of caring for the so-called “liquid gold” for the life of human beings and species on Earth.

The celebration of this anniversary is intended to publicize the world water crisis and the problems faced by millions of people who do not have access to drinking water supply, as well as the urgent measures that must be taken in this regard.

The date was proclaimed by the United Nations (UN) in 1992. That year the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development was held in Rio de Janeiro. From there the proposal arose, being 1993 the first year of celebration.

Water: a fundamental right for life

Water is a fundamental right for the preservation of life, in all its forms. Considered a human right, this valuable and indispensable natural resource does not safely reach a large number of people in different countries, especially the poorest, where drinking water is not accessible.

According to the UN, the most affected population is the one lacking economic resources, where water sanitation is a true luxury, only possible for the most advanced societies and developed countries.

More than a third of the world’s population does not enjoy safe drinking water services, which translates into more than 2,000 million people who do not receive quality water in their homes. For this reason men, women and children die every year.

For refugees, homeless people and all those who live in extreme poverty there is no possibility of enjoying this resource, so vital for life.

To eradicate misery and all the consequences that it entails, the United Nations Organization seeks alternatives to make this world a more viable place for everyone. This will only be achieved through so-called sustainable development.

Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible

In the celebration of this event, a motto or central theme is selected annually. For the year 2022 the selected theme is “Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible”.

This is intended to highlight the importance of groundwater, as well as to highlight the need to generate actions to prevent its over-exploitation and ensure its availability throughout the world. It is estimated that 97% of fresh water is located in aquifers or geological formations, made up of layers of rocks and sediments that retain water inside. They are a vital source of sustenance for the provision and supply of drinking water, the maintenance of ecosystems, as well as for the support of agriculture and industry.

On the other hand, it is intended to make visible the impact of climate change on groundwater. It is necessary to join efforts to sustainably manage the precious liquid.

People and communities are invited to make a 60-second video showing how groundwater affects our lives, using the hashtags #MyGroundwaterStory and #WorldWaterDay. You can upload them to YouTube or Vimeo and send the link to [email protected]