World Water Day 2015
World Water Day is marked on 22 March every year. It's a day to celebrate water. It is a day to make a difference for the members of the global population who suffer from water related issues. It is a day to prepare for how we manage water in the future.
In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day. 22 years later, World Water Day is celebrated around the world, shining the spotlight on a different issue every year.
In 2015, the theme for World Water Day is 'Water and Sustainable Development'. It is about how water links to all areas we need to consider, in creating the future we want.
Singapore World Water Day 2015
In conjunction with the World Water Day, Singapore celebrates its own World Water Day on 21 March 2015. As water is a scarce resource for Singapore, building water security and ensuring we build a common understanding towards conservation of water is thus important to Singapore as a nation.
Throughout the month of March, community partners organised various activities to raise awareness on water conservation and sustainability. Schools, corporations and public agencies alike, had put up water conservations signs in their premises, engaged their employees and the public in water conservation quizzes, and organised walks to create awareness on the importance of water.
Doing Our Part
How corporations are going a step further will be to voluntarily have a Water Efficiency Management Plan (WEMP) in place. The WEMP was introduced in 2010 by the Public Utilities Board (PUB) under the 10% Challenge Programme to help corporations better manage and improve their efficiency in water use, and subsequently reduce their operational costs. With WEMP, corporations will be able to:
- Methodologically understand the breakdown of water usage in their premises and develop a Water Balance Chart
- Identify areas to further reduce consumption and raise efficiency
- Establish an action plan which identifies measures in water savings, priorities and implementation timelines
However, as a corporation or as an individual, we should understand that water conservation should not only be for one day or one month, and it should not be just voluntarily having a Water Efficiency Management Plan. It should be an integral part of our everyday lives to remember the importance of water and constantly making a conscious effort to reduce water wastage. Only then will we be able to ensure the sustainability of water.
For more information please visit World Water Day website.
For more information please visit Singapore World Water Day website.
For more information please visit Water Efficiency Management Plan By PUB website.