World Water Day

“No water, no life. No blue, no green”

Water is the driving force of nature. It is needed for life to exist on this planet. Though it is described as tasteless, odourless, and colourless, it adds lavour, fragrance, and vibrance to the life of all living beings.Water covers about 71% of the Earth. Out of this, less than 3% can be consumed. This freshwater is threatened by pollution and wastage. We are heavily dependent on water for most of our daily needs. Unfortunately, some 2.2 billion people do not have access to safe drinking water, and 4.2 billion people are deprived of safe sanitation facilities. Our selfish and careless use of it has led to the contamination and draining of water resources. Hence, it is our responsibility to conserve water, for the sustenance of both present and future generations. It is never too late to save water’s fate.

Every effort should begin at our homes. These simple measures will create a big impact if followed in every house. We must use minimum water for our daily needs, close taps properly, fix leaking taps, reduce water use for cleaning, switch to water-conserving appliances, and so on. Remember that every drop counts. The government must facilitate water treatment and the management of sewers effectively, to abate pollution and reuse water. Chemicals from industries should strictly not be discarded in water bodies. We must strive to avoid polluting water from our side.

Let us try our best to practice rainwater harvesting and plant more trees. We must encourage our families and friends to adopt these measures. Water is a priceless gift given by God, yet we humans take it for granted. It is said that the water cycle and the life cycle are one. Why should we cause our own destruction?

Therefore, on this World Water Day, let us all pledge to conserve water.

—- Niranjana Menon, Student

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