On This World Water Day, Over Half of CT Remains in Drought Conditions
Seemed to me to be appropriate on this World Water Day to share an update about not only the world, but closer to home as well.
I can't imagine not having water. It is one of those resources that I don't think people purposely take for granted, and yet, a lot of us do.
I've been blogging since August of 2016 about the drought conditions plaguing Connecticut. The most recent one was January 12:
A little over two months ago one third of Connecticut was under Extreme Drought Conditions, one third was Severe, and one third was Moderate. We did have two significant snow falls in the past two months, but our state still has a long way to go to make up the water deficit. According to the most recent report from the U.S. Drought Monitor, two thirds of Connecticut is still in Severe drought conditions. The good news is that no part of the state currently is under Extreme conditions.
Keeping all of this in mind, I share with you that today the United Nations is reminding people about the water crisis around the world. March 21 is World Water Day, and this year's theme, as outlined on worldwaterday.org, is wastewater. They define wastewater as covering everything from the water you use to brush your teeth to raw sewage. This years campaign focuses on ways to reduce the waste of water or find ways to reuse it. The UN says more than 660 million people across the world do not have a safe water supply near their home.
So when you look at the snow still on your lawn and you think that we couldn't possibly still be in drought conditions, when you let the faucet run too long, when you throw out part of the water bottle you've been drinking from, just stop, and think.