World Water Day – March 22
World Water Day, held on March 22, celebrates water, highlights its importance, and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. Every year, since 1993, CDC and organizations around the globe dedicate the day to drawing attention to the global water crisis. Water flows through every aspect of life and saves lives by minimizing poverty, reducing death from preventable diseases, and driving economic growth.
The mission of CDC’s global water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) team is to reduce the impact of WASH-related disease and to strengthen public health systems through WASH-specific workforce development, applied research, and technical assistance activities.
Access to WASH services is fundamental to preserving the health and well-being of all. Water quality, low sanitation coverage, and inadequate access to drinking water increases the risks of spreading water-related diseases like Cholera. CDC continues to partner with the World Health Organization on the Ending Cholera: The Global Roadmap to 2030, a collaborative approach to cholera prevention and control.
Learn about additional ways to celebrate World Water Day. Explore our stories to learn how CDC’s programs and partnerships contribute to the global effort of solving the global water crisis.
Malawi is currently experiencing the deadliest outbreak in the country’s history since March 2022. Learn how CDC has been providing technical assistance on water quality testing to increase safe drinking water access to households during the outbreak.
Read how CDC’s WASH experts collaborated with multiple partners during the Pakistan floods emergency responses in 2022.