The World Water Day is an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) as a means of focusing attention on the importance of water and advocating for the sustainable management of water resources.
The World Water Day activities in Singapore will follow the theme "Active, Beautiful, Clean Waters for all", and centre around community activities reaching out to everyone. This is in line with PUB's ABC Waters Programme where our waterways and reservoirs are transformed into beautiful community spaces.
World Water Day is especially significant in Singapore, with our history of water shortages and partnerships with neighbours. As in many other countries and economies around the world, water remains a vital, often overlooked resource for nutrition, industry, and survival in a multitude of forms. Sustainable development in this area for Singapore involves growing our state in an efficient (develop with less resources and waste), clean (develop without polluting the environment), and green (preserve greenery, waterways and natural heritage) way. This way, Singapore can enjoy both economic growth and a good living environment for us and future generations.
In more recent times, this constraint has led to innovations which have been beneficial not only for the environment and in meeting our living needs, but to our economy as well—a prime example of sustainability benefitting the social, environmental and business spheres all at once.
The NEWater factories, for instance, enable Singapore to meet up to 30% of our water needs. Along with desalination, microfiltration and membrane technology, these methods will allow for diversification of water resources and help Singapore cope with any possible shortages. Furthermore, PUB works with community and grassroots organizations to form Water Volunteer Groups (VWGs) that educate homeowners on water conservation practices and assist in the installation of water saving devices, hereby doing their parts for environmental sustainability.
World Water Day is an important reminder not only of the developmental challenges in poorer parts of the world, but the possible challenges which we often take for granted on a day-to-day basis as well. While the larger scale actions may seem to involve businesses and government policies, the impact of such a vital resource on every single person is undeniable, and affects daily practices and usage.
So, do your part today. Waste less and choose cleaner ways to travel.