This week, we celebrated World Water Day, by highlighting Pure Water San Diego, a plant dedicated to providing clean water to our communities.
What is World Water Day?
World Water Day, held on 22 March every year since 1993, raises awareness of the 2 billion people living without access to safe water. The theme of World Water Day 2022 is groundwater.
What is groundwater?
Groundwater is water found underground in aquifers, which are geological formations of rocks, sands, and gravel. Groundwater feeds springs, rivers, lakes, and wetlands, and seeps into oceans. It is recharged mainly from rain and snowfall infiltrating the ground.
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Why is groundwater important?
Almost all the fresh water in the world is groundwater. It supplies a large proportion of the water we use for drinking, sanitation, food production, and industrial process. It is also critically important to the healthy functioning of ecosystems, such as wetland sand rivers.
Why should Californians care about groundwater?
Groundwater is being over-used in many areas, where more water is abstracted from aquifers than is recharged by rain and snow. Continuous over-use leads eventually to depletion of the resource.
Forecasters are predicting drier-than-average conditions to continue across the state through the end of the month, making it likely that California will experience its driest January through March period ever recorded.
Protecting and sustainably using groundwater will be central to surviving and adapting to climate change and meeting the needs of a growing population. Learn more at www.worldwaterday.org
The Rebuild SoCal Partnership knows it’s time to start thinking outside of the box to address urgent water infrastructure needs. We support diverse solutions and urge a variety of water conservation tips.
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