World Water Day Next Week

Next Tuesday, March 24, is World Water Day. Here’re a few water-related facts to think about in the meantime.

Water is the element that underpins all of human civilization. The World Economic Forum’s 2015 Global Risks Report named water the top societal risk over the next 10 years. We celebrate Preview the theme for this year:

Did you know that an estimated 760,000 children die every year from diarrhea due to poor water quality and sanitation? The United States is working to reduce water and sanitation related diseases and deaths in developing countries. Learn about U.S. involvement in the Sanitation and Water for All partnership at

Over 260 river basins, home to over 40% of the world’s population, are shared by two or more countries! We know that effective water diplomacy and development aid can save millions of lives and help countries develop sustainably and peacefully. Learn how the United States works with the international community to address shared water challenges.

Can you imagine walking six kilometers just to get a drink of water? Millions of women and girls in developing countries walk this distance on average every day to collect water for their families. The U.S. State Department raises awareness of water’s impact on the environment, health, girl’s education and economy at its annual 6K Walk for Water, this year held on April 23.

More next week!