World Water Day, on 22 March every year, is about focusing attention on the importance of water. The theme for World Water Day 2018 is ‘Nature for Water’ – exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century.
Damaged ecosystems affect the quantity and quality of water available for human consumption. Today, 2.1 billion people live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their health, education and livelihoods.
Currently, the city of Cape Town is severely affected by a water shortage in the Western Cape region due to a two-year drought. Despite water-saving measures, dam levels are predicted to decline to critically low levels, and the city has made plans for #DayZero when municipal water supply will largely be shut off. If this happens, Cape Town will be the first major city to run out of water.
How can you help for World Water Day?
To get involved this month, we’ve put together a bunch of water-related Opportunities in our World Water Day 2018 Campaign. Ranging from donating towards water tanks to help orphans in rural communities in the Eastern Cape, fixing a solar geyser in KwaZulu-Natal, to donating food and water bowls to dogs and cats in the Western Cape, we have a wide range of ways you can get involved.
This is serious for all South Africans! We need to help where we can. Check out our selection of water-related Needs, made easy for you to jump to action. Causes located in Cape Town aren’t the only ones needing help – take a look and find a way to get involved!