World Water Day – March 22

UN Water, 22 March, World Water Day

World Water Dayexternal icon, held on March 22, celebrates water, highlights its importance, and raises awareness of the 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. CDC Global WASH experts carry out this mission in a variety of ways, such as, WASH COVID-19 mitigation projects in Kenya and participating in Haiti earthquake response.

Access to WASH services is fundamental in 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. On World Water Day CDC celebrates the ongoing work and milestones achieved through partnerships with World Health Organization to launch Ending Cholera: The Global Roadmap to 2030; as well as, supporting plans like National Plan of Action for the Elimination of Cholera in Haiti 2013–2022 and the Zanzibar Comprehensive Cholera Elimination Plan.

Celebrate World Water Day. Explore our stories and timeline to learn how CDC’s programs and partnerships contribute to the global effort of solving the global water crisis.

2022 - Groundwater
UN Water, 22 March, World Water Day. 2022 Groundwater

Groundwater is invisible, but its impact is visible everywhere. Out of sight, under our feet, groundwater is a hidden treasure that enriches our lives. In the driest parts of the world, it may be the only water people have.

Almost all of the liquid freshwater in the world is groundwater, supporting drinking water supplies, sanitation systems, farming, industry and ecosystems. In many places, human activities over-use and pollute groundwater. In other places, we simply do not know how much water is down there.

Groundwater will play a critical role in adapting to climate change. We need to work together to sustainably manage this precious resource.

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