A DAY TO CELEBRATE WATER!

The above was the headline chosen for one of the activities yesterday to mark the celebration of World Water Day. Globally, March 22, has been designated by the United Nations General Assembly since 1993, as World Water Day.

Significantly, the celebration of the day focuses on different issues every year and this year’s theme is on, “Water is Development” which is the global theme.

It was chosen to focus on how water links everything together and is critical to our future; from human health to energy security, water is a vital resource that is at the centre of sustainable development.

No wonder therefore, that in his World Water Day message, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said, “To address the challenges related to water, we must work in a spirit of urgent co-operation open to new ideas and innovation, and be prepared to share the solutions that we all need for a sustainable future”.

Indeed, this year’s UN World Water Development Report indicated that water is at the core of sustainable development and stressed that, water resources and the range of services they provide, underpin poverty reduction, economic growth and sustainability.

“From food and energy security to human and environmental health, water contributes to improvements in social well-being and inclusive growth affecting the livelihoods of billions,” it said.

The Times cannot agree more with these assertions due to the fact that water must be valued in all its forms; fresh water for drinking, waste water treated as a resource for energy and natural water to support the ecosystems.

In fact, this year’s celebration, has coincided with the worse ever power crisis that has hit the country due mainly to the low level of water in the country’s main power generating dam, Akosombo.

Although, the government embarked on a mission to ensure alternative power to support what is being generated from the Akosombo dam, lack of adequate water in the dam to generate the required energy has militated against the quick resolution of the problem.

As we celebrate the day, it must be drummed home forcefully to all Ghanaians that water is an indispensable resource that must not be taken for granted.

It is an undeniable fact that water is the planet’s most precious resource, that must not be depleted.

However, human activities along some of our river bodies and the phenomenon of climate change, is putting severe stress on the country’s water bodies.

What we face today, is water insecurity and it is crucial that as we celebrate the World Water Day, we rededicate ourselves to the efforts to protect all water systems for sustainable development.

 

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