Denver -- The American Water Works Association (AWWA), the authoritative resource on safe water, today joined the United Nations and water advocates throughout the world in recognizing the 19th annual World Water Day, observed March 22, 2012. AWWA Executive Director David LaFrance issued the following statement.
“Each year on World Water Day, we are called upon to remember all the benefits that safe and reliable water supplies make possible such as public health protection, economic support, and support for our overall quality of life. On World Water Day 2012, the more than 50,000 members of the AWWA water community join the United Nations, Water For People and other partners in calling for an end to the global water crisis, especially the ongoing struggle against waterborne illness and water-related food scarcity in developing countries.
“This year’s World Water Day theme of “Water and Food Scarcity” highlights the critical role that water plays in agriculture and food production. It reminds us that everyone – from scientists to resource planners to utility managers to consumers – has a role to play in maximizing the smart and efficient use of our valued water resources.
“On World Water Day 2012, AWWA encourages those of us fortunate enough to enjoy safe water to make a positive difference for those who do not by supporting the life-saving work of Water For People.”
More information on World Water Day 2012 can be found at www.worldwaterday.org
More information on Water For People is available at www.waterforpeople.org.
AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the entire water community. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment.