In recent years, water has always been the focal centre of debates. Water is perhaps that component in our life which we do not care to acknowledge until we experience shortage of the same. And still, the availability of good drinking water is still a dream for millions of people across the world.
It is to reassert the importance of conserving water that World Water Day was began to be observed. The World Water Day that falls on 22nd March every year and is observed under the initiative of United Nations Confernce on Environment and development since 1993. And through celebrations, one is reminded of the great importance of preserving water.
Be it for anything, man cannot do without water. In fact, in every facets of human activity, we find that water play a vital role. It is also said that, although one can live without food for over a month, without water one can live for approximately a week. According to a United Nations estimate, about half the world's population are likely to suffer from water shortages by the year 2025. This is because water resources are alarmingly dwindling and its demand is always on the rise. Pollution of water sources is another serious cause of concern.
And considering the growing demand for good quality water, experts are of the opinion that nations will have a tough time managing their water boundaries. In India, water disputes have made national headlines a number of times in the recent past. However, tactical approach by the authorities concerned has ensured those in dispute to arrive at consensus and move along the path of cooperation by sharing water. Eventhough water is the most common substance found on earth, the fact is that only one percent of the earth's water is suitable for drinking. And factors such as pollution, reclamation, climatic changes etc. are badly affecting the quality of remaining sources of water.
THE HINDU. MONDAY, MARCH 22, 2010.