World Water Day 2017 - Why waste water?

Untreated wastewater from tanneries released to a river
Untreated wastewater from tanneries released to a river

The World Water Day, on 22 March 2017 is dedicated to wastewater with the theme, ‘Why waste water?’ Any used water that comes from our toilets, bathrooms, kitchen, tanneries, textile factories, pharmaceutical factories, automobile repair shops, hospitals, health centers, and diagnostic centers etc is termed wastewater. Depending on the source, wastewater would contain pathogens including drug resistant microbes, heavy metals, toxic chemicals, antibiotics etc. It is estimated that globally 80% of the wastewater flows into the ecosystem without any treatment. Such practice leads to contamination our freshwater bodies, soil and the environment, all of which have a direct impact on health.

World Toilet Day: 19 November 2016

World Toilet Day: 19 November 2016

The United Nations General Assembly designated 19 November as World Toilet day in 2013 with a call to action aimed at eliminating open defecation by 2025. Read the Regional Director’s message dedicated to this important day calling for countries to step up efforts in providing sanitation which is a prerequisite for better health.

World Water Day: 22 March 2016

Every year, 22 March is observed as World Water Day to highlight the multiple uses of water and to advocate for managing water resources sustainably for current and future generations. The theme for 2016 is “Water and Jobs” – to give special attention to those who work in water-related sectors.

Nepal – How Water Safety Plans can be used to plan for climate change impacts

The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) in Nepal has committed itself to mainstreaming Water Safety Plans (WSPs) across all the country’s 75 districts. The country has significant water quality problems and the government is urgently seeking to address regular cholera outbreaks.


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Ms Payden
Regional Adviser
Water & Sanitation
World Health Organization
Regional Office for South-East Asia
World Health House
Indraprastha Estate
Mahatma Gandhi Marg
New Delhi 110 002, India