World Water Day is observed on 22 March every year to celebrate water, a finite resource, and raise awareness of water-related issues. The idea is to make people realize or think twice about how much water they waste every day. The UN estimates that more than 663 million people do not have a safe water supply close to home.
According to World Water Council, about 12% of the world population lacks clean drinking water, and water-related diseases account for 3.5 million deaths each year, which is quite more than car accidents and AIDS combined together.
The theme of World Water 2017 is "Why waste water?" The UN target aims to help improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping, minimising release of hazardous chemicals and materials and to substantially increase recycling and safe reuse globally.
Reports say that dirty water and poor sanitation can cause severe diseases in children leading to the death of thousands of children across the world or one child every two minutes. The World Health Organisation says infections caused by a lack of safe water and an unclean environment cause one death among newborn babies every minute in some part of the world. IBTimes Singapore celebrates World Water Day by presenting a series of powerful photos that shows one in ten people don't have access to clean, safe water.