In 1993 March 22nd was declared World Water Day by the United Nations. World Water Day is an opportunity for UN member states and NGOs to bring attention to issues surrounding water – primarily the availability of clean water to all people and the sustainable use of the world’s water resources.

Our conceptions of ‘clean’ or ‘healthy’ water may not always be based on facts. Issues surrounding the use of bottled water, for example, are complicated by misinformation, wastefulness, pollution and environmental damage. Those of us who live in locations where clean water is readily and cheaply available from our taps should take heed of the message in this short film from The Story of Stuff website:

‘The Story of Bottled Water’ with Annie Leonard

Here are some news stories from today that relate to the observance of World Water Day:

National Geographic – World Water Day Focus on Global Sewage Flood

The Guardian – Taking action for World Water Day

China Daily – 1 billion people lack clean water

London Times – Solution to a thirsty world: sea water without the salt