World Water Day: Making the Invisible Visible with Groundwater.

The 2022 focus for world water day is groundwater, an invisible resource with an impact visible everywhere. Out of sight and running under our feet, groundwater is a hidden treasure that enriches our lives and gives us daily supplies for our numerous needs.

Almost all of the water in the world is groundwater and the increasing climate change issues have resulted in an increasingly critical state of groundwater. Though out of sight, Groundwater must not be out of mind. We need to work together to sustainably manage this precious resource.

What is Groundwater?

Groundwater is water found just underneath or beneath the earth's surface in aquifers. Groundwater just a mother feeds springs, rivers, lakes, and wetlands, and seeps into oceans. Groundwater is renewed and replaced from rain and snowfall which sip and/or melt into the ground and can be extracted to the surface by pumps and wells. In short, “Groundwater feeds Life.”

Life would not be possible without groundwater as most arid and non-arid regions depend entirely on groundwater. The water we drink, bathe, use for cooking, sanitation, food production, and industrial processes all come from groundwater. This means groundwater is critically important to the healthy functioning of ecosystems. In the words of Belgian-born British Humanitarian Audrey Hepburn, “Water is life, and clean water means health.”

Medping: Driving the Force of Groundwater

Medping is driving the force of groundwater by creating awareness about the vital nature of groundwater and how Life depends on it. Advancing the global effort to protect groundwater is a collective effort from the entire global community. We cannot over-emphasize how necessary groundwater is to man’s survival.

If groundwater is a necessity for man, then it must be protected at all costs. Overexploitation has resulted in the depletion of groundwater reserves as the groundwater consumed is less than the water replaced by rain and snow which are also haunted by pollution. Exploring, protecting, and sustainably using groundwater is vital to surviving and adapting to climate change and meeting the needs of a fast-growing global population.

According to the official website of the United Nations (UN), around 2.2 billion people live without access to safe water around the world. This figure proves that there is an urgent need to clean water globally and a further need to protect the groundwater. In the words of American scientist and inventor Benjamin Franklin, “When the Well is Dry, We’ll Know the Worth of Water.”

According to new research by WaterAid and the British Geological Survey, there is enough groundwater under the continent of Africa for most countries to survive at least five years of drought — and for some, more than 50 years. The report, “Groundwater: the world’s neglected defense against climate change”, proves that groundwater exists almost everywhere underground, and has the potential to save hundreds of thousands of lives and be the world’s insurance policy against climate change.

HOW TO OBSERVE WORLD WATER DAY

  1. Manage Waste: Properly dispose of potentially toxic substances like unused chemicals, pharmaceuticals, paint, motor oil, and other substances. Many communities hold household hazardous waste collections or sites — contact your local health department to find one near you.
  2. Fix the Drip: Check all the faucets, fixtures, toilets, and taps in your home for leaks and fix them right away, or install water-conserving models.
  3. Water Wisely: Water the lawn and plants during the coolest parts of the day and only when they truly need it. Make sure you, your family, and your neighbors obey any watering restrictions during dry periods.
  4. Share your experience: Have you contributed to protecting groundwater? Do you know someone who did the same? If so, share the stories on social media so people know what to look out for and use the hashtags #worldwaterday #waterislife

Medping Basic tips to Protect Groundwater

In the words of Stewart Udall, “Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man.” Play your role in the movement to protect groundwater.

  1. Do not waste water: Shut off the water when you brush your teeth or shave, and don’t let it run while waiting for it to get cold. Keep a pitcher of cold water in the fridge instead.
  2. Wash Smarter: Limit yourself to just a five-minute shower, and challenge your friends and family members to do the same! Also, make sure to only run full loads in the dish and clothes washer.
  3. Natural Alternatives: Use all-natural/non-toxic household cleaners whenever possible. Lemon juice, baking soda, and vinegar make great cleaning products, are inexpensive, and environmentally friendly.
  4. Learn and Do More: Get involved in water education! Learn more about groundwater and share your knowledge with others.

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