On Friday in assembly, the children learned about World Water Day, which is held annually on the 22nd of March. Founded in 1993 by the United Nations General Assembly, it is an opportunity for the world to unite to learn more about water related issues which face Earth, take action and inspire others.
Each year on World Water Day, there is a theme which gives the day a focus. This year the theme is: WHY WASTE WATER?
This theme investigates ways in which we could reduce our wastewater and aims to provide solutions for ways in which we can also reuse wastewater.
Wastewater must be carefully treated before it is safe to return into the ecosystem. It is estimated that 80% of our wastewater goes back into the environment untreated and for many developing countries this means that drinking water can be contaminated, making it very unsafe.
We should all be thinking about ways in which we can reduce the amount of water we waste and be thinking about ways in which we can reuse wastewater safely.
Children were encouraged to think about how we use water in our daily lives and how we can potentially reduce or reuse this water. Examples included: taking showers more often than baths, waiting until you have a full load before washing your clothes, turning off the tap while brushing your teeth and when watering your garden remembering to use a watering can and not a hosepipe.