It was the United Nations Confernce on Environment and Development (UNCED) in 1992, held at Rio de Janeiro, which initiated the international observance of World Water Day. The significance of the day has been accepted by all and the United Nations General Assembly decided 22 March every year as the World Water day. The theme for World Water Day 2010, chosen by UN-Water is "Clean Water for a Healthy World" and the aim is to raise the quality of water alongside quantity. Awareness compaigns are being held across the world to emphasize on the need to use clean water.
As per researches, it's an alarming scenario where human activities are causing the decline of water quality. The rise in population, ongoing urbanisation measures, pollution and even climatic conditions are some of the factors that affect the quality of water around us. There should be wholehearted efforts to protect water from getting polluted. Purification of water needs to be taken care of and people should be made aware about the importance of drinking clean water.
THE HINDU . SUNDAY, MARCH 21,2010.