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21 March 2014

Many of our members will be recognising World Water Day tomorrow - including CBM Australia. 

Tomorrow, March 22nd, is World Water Day - a day on which the world's attention is drawn to the fundamental importance of the world's most abundant resource: water. 

Astonishing statistics from the World Water Development Report on Water and Energy tell us that in 2011, 768 million people did not use an improved source of drinking water and 2.5 billion people did not use improved sanitation. 

The theme for World Water Day 2014 is “Water and Energy”. The United Nations has developed the following 5 key messages to highlight the relationship between water and energy. More details are available here.

  1. Water requires energy and energy requires water
  2. Supplies are limited and demand is increasing
  3. Saving energy is saving water. Saving water is saving energy
  4. The “bottom billion” urgently needs access to both water and sanitation services, and electricity
  5. Improving water and energy efficiency is imperative as are coordinated, coherent and concerted policies

In recognition of the close link between water and development, many members of the Micah Network will be recognising World Water Day.

Aleisha Carroll, technical advisor in disability inclusive development at CBM Australia, has written an excellent blog exploring an integrated approach to the provision of water in Timor Leste. 

This World Water Day is About More than Water

“Our four wheel drive bumped along an unmarked road up into the hills in the district of Liquica in Timor-Leste, the ocean growing spectacularly behind us, and I found myself thinking a lot about water.

As part of CBM and WaterAid’s partnership on disability inclusive WASH in Timor-Leste, I had spent the day with the WaterAid team visiting a village and I saw firsthand how water, a basic necessity of life, could be so scarce.

Access to improved water and sanitation in Timor-Leste is amongst the lowest in the region, as it is estimated only 69% of people have access to an improved water supply. For Timorese persons with disabilities, access to clean and safe water is even more challenging. They often cannot physically access water points and have to rely on others to collect water for them….”

 To read the rest of the blog, click here


Photo Credit: CBM Australia