When the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development called for an “observance of water” in 1992, it launched the idea for World Water Day, a ceremonial reminder that the natural resource we so often take for granted is indeed precious. This year World Water Day is themed ‘Water and Jobs’ to focus on how enough quantity and quality of water can change workers’ lives and livelihoods and even transform societies and economies.
The availability and quality of water has a direct impact on workers' lives. Every year over 340,000 workers die because of inadequate water supply and sanitation. Fishermen depend on the quality of fresh water, while a farmer's job depends on the ability to manage the available freshwater. In factories, 38 workers die from water-related diseases every hour, which can be prevented with cleaner water and sanitation.Women and often children have to trek for hours every day to bring home water for their families.
Veolia Australia and New Zealand is a proud supporter of WaterAid, an organisation which raises vital funds and awareness to help create a world where everyone has access to safe water.