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March 22 is World Water Day

World Water Day is an opportunity to take a moment and reflect on the importance of this vital resource to our existence. Water is essential for health, hygiene, agriculture, industry, and many other aspects of our daily lives, yet our reserve of this precious resource now faces unprecedented challenges.

Overexploitation, climate change, and pollution are major threats to water availability and quality. For example, the overuse of groundwater is depleting freshwater reserves, leading to shortages and conflicts over access to water, even at the municipal level. Climate change is affecting precipitation patterns and water availability, making the situation even worse. Finally, our land use and activities generate waste and contaminants that flow into waterways, polluting freshwater sources that are essential to our survival.

Water conservation is a collective responsibility that requires concerted action at all levels, from governments to individuals. We need to rethink our relationship with water and adopt more sustainable and responsible management practices. We must act now to protect the quality and quantity of available water. How can we do this?

– Reduce the amount of water we use and waste (saving water)

– Treat wastewater (compliant sanitary installations, decontamination basins)

– Protect drinking water sources, natural environments, and flood plains

– Enforce industrial and agricultural discharge regulations

– Slow down and retain water near its source

– Adopt responsible water management practices in cities, municipalities, and on farms

– Take advantage of our rivers for outdoor activities because we love what we know!
Geneviève Audet
Director – OBV SCABRIC

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