World Water Day

The UN have dedicated March 22nd as World Water Day. This year the focus is on waste water, polluting water sources across the globe and causing life-threatening diseases for those who rely on such sources for their daily water supply.

The UNEP have released a report detailing how waste water not only affects the people who drink from polluted sources but also the ecosystems dependent upon it.

A lack of clean water kills 1.8 million children a year, often dying from treatable diseases such as diarrhoea.

Yet the report suggests that many of the toxins present in waste water could also be directed to growing crops, as substances such as nitrogen and phosphorus act as powerful fertilizers.

Greater investment in the management of water sources in developing countries could therefore help to avoid millions of preventable deaths, and help provide valuable benefits for agriculture.

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