A Toast to World Water Day

Going green, Peachy — By on March 21, 2009 at 6:15 am

384109969 60c56a1e07 m A Toast to World Water DaySunday is World Water Day, a day dedicated to water and the crucial role it plays in our lives. 1.1 billion people around the globe do not have access to clean safe water on a regular basis and that number is growing as water becomes more scarce, glaciers melt, and humans continue to multiply.

World Water Day was created by the United Nations in 1993 to draw attention to the fact of the present and future world water crisis.

So, in honor of a day designed to make us all aware of the importance of water, I have a suggestion.  Let’s drink a toast in tap water to conserving and respecting the world’s water supply.

Here’s What You Can Do

Commit to using tap water rather than bottled water just for one day and sign a pledge that you will actually do it at Inside the Bottle.org. It is estimated that Americans alone drink approximately 2.5 million bottles of water every hour. I don’t know what the statistics are for Europe and Asia, but even without them, that’s a lot of bottled water.

And most of those bottles are plastic, which is another problem. Only 10% of plastic water bottles are ever recycled.  Have a look at the ground and in the trash cans the next time you take a walk in the park or go to a ball game.  They litter our landfills and waterways.  They photo-degrade, becoming brittle,cracking, breaking and giving off toxins.  They live forever in the  North Pacific Gyre.

If you think you can re-use plastic water bottles by re-filling them with tap 2516455456 4a7e075609 m A Toast to World Water Daywater, think again.  Over time the plastic emits toxins into the water.  On top of it all, it takes petroleum to make plastic water bottles– lots of it. Just what we don’t need in these days of dwindling oil supplies.

Personally, I use a simple charcoal filter on my faucet which makes my chlorinated tap water taste great.  No plastic water bottles in my recycle bin-ever.

Won’t you join me in a tap water toast on World Water Day?

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2 Comments

  1. Wendy says:

    Great post!

    We try to make every day World Water Day at our home. :)

  2. Stephanie says:

    Great for you! I am so happy to hear from people like you who are making a choice to make a difference! Best, Steph

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