World Water Day 2022

World Water Day 2022

This World Water Day, we’re being asked to make the invisible, visible.

Groundwater is invisible, but in Australia, it makes up approximately 17 per cent of accessible water resources and accounts for over 30 per cent of our nation’s total water consumption. In fact, approximately 2 per cent of the Earth’s water occurs as groundwater, compared to just 0.1 per cent as river and lakes and 94 per cent as oceans. As our planet starts to feel the effects of climate change, groundwater is becoming more important than ever.

Groundwater is water found in underground aquifers, which are geological formations of rocks, sands and gravels that can hold water. Groundwater is particularly at risk from pollution, because it can take decades, even centuries to recover from.

The sustainable use of groundwater is imperative because of its vital role in various water-based systems found throughout Australia.

All water is precious, something we should keep remember everyday, not just when it is brought to our attention.

An easy way to protect our precious underground water sources, is to be conscious of our own water use at home. We can help the planet conserve water by taking shorter showers, turning off the tap while you brush your teeth, and washing clothes in cold water.

If you want to learn more about groundwater, go to https://www.worldwaterday.org/learn.