World Water Day 2012

World Water Day 2012
Date: March 22, 2012
Theme: Water and Food Security
Official Website: UN Water: World Water Day

This year's World Water Day -- on the theme of "Water and Food Security" -- has come and gone. But below you can still find our collection of articles celebrating World Water Day as well as ideas for ways you can help protect our water resources.

The U.S. Water Challenge: Watch the Video

by | 4.1.2014 at 6:25pm
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Most American’s live with the expectation that fresh water will continue to flow freely from their faucets. The reality is that environmental degradation, an aging water infrastructure, water scarcity, job instability, and the ability to provide food for a growing population are now pressing issues.

Geocharts: Water Challenges Around the World

by | 2.28.2013 at 11:28am
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View four interactive maps that give an overview of some of the water challenges different parts of the world currently face.

Photo Essay: India, Water, Culture

by | 3.22.2012 at 12:49pm | 2 Comments
Residents of Kusumpur Pahari, a slum in south New Delhi, fill containers with water from a municipal Delhi Jal Board tanker.

Take a photographic journey from the crowded streets of Delhi, through the parched state of Rajasthan, and into the farmlands of north Gujarat to get a closer look at some of the many ways water affects the lives of millions of Indians every day.

Deeper than Water — New Video and Infographics from the Columbia Water Center

by | 3.22.2012 at 9:30am | 1 Comment
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As population grows and demand for food and products increase, so does our demand for water. But in the face of growing pressure on our water resources from depletion, pollution and climate change, we need to make more of what we have.

Water, Water Everywhere, But Nary a Drop to Drink

by | 3.22.2012 at 8:00am | 4 Comments
Flood irrigation in India. More efficient use of water for agriculture is key to protecting diminshing water supplies. Photo: Jeremy Hinsdale

It is a unique challenge of our generation that many in the developing world have cellular phones and TVs, but lack reliable access to water. Odd, perhaps, given that water is marketed as essential for life, a human right, and heart rending pictures of women and children walking miles to fetch water are routinely flashed to tug at everyone’s heart strings.

Student ‘Aquanauts’ to Tackle Water Issues

by | 3.22.2012 at 7:03am
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“We would like to take on international problems, problems of development, problems in the United States, but have them done with academic content and interest. Instead of people being sent to random places, we would take engineering companies that have an interest in a particular region in solving a problem, and they would bring the problem to the students.”

Millennium Villages Shed Light on Water Security

by | 3.22.2012 at 3:17am
A farmer in Sauri Millennium Village, Kenya, takes advantage of improved agricultural water management using a greenhouse to farm tomatoes

Water is essential to human well-being and economic development. Today, however, water stress caused by inadequate farming practices, demographic pressure and pollution is creating unprecedented problems. Nowhere is this more visible than in the rural areas of sub-Saharan Africa. As the world celebrates World Water Day on the 22nd of March to draw attention to these issues, lessons learned from the Millennium Villages Project can provide a way forward. The project’s success in improving both water and food security are just some of the practical, science-based solutions that rural communities all over the world can use to extract themselves from poverty.

Urban Wastewater: One Man’s Waste Is Another Man’s Treasure

by | 3.21.2012 at 11:30pm | 3 Comments
A "living machine" installation at the new Port of Portland headquarters, an example of new approaches to decentralized wastewater treatment.  Source: Wikimedia Commons.

How can we overcome the main challenges we face in our urban wastewater systems today? Are there opportunities to improve sustainability in water treatment systems in US cities to support local food security?

What’s in Your Rice? A Look at Where Rice in the U.S. Comes from

by | 3.21.2012 at 10:58pm
Farmers transplant rice in Punjab, India.

US rice production dominates our consumption at over 90% (USDA, 2012), and the question is whether or not that choice is the best one for our water and our environment.

Hydraulic Fracturing and Food Security: Can We Have Our Cake and Eat it Too?

by | 3.21.2012 at 10:27pm | 1 Comment
Natural gas drilling rig in Roulette, Pennsylvania. Source: Wikimedia Commons

What are the implications of hydraulic fracturing on agriculture and food security? In agricultural areas with widespread, ongoing hydrofracking, there have been incidences of livestock poisoning from contaminated surface water sources or grasses, and soil contamination from explosions, spills, flares, irresponsible fracking-wastewater treatment, and leaky gas pipes.