By Rev Fr. John Damian Adizie
Few weeks ago, during the dry season, most of the leaves in the field dried due to lack of rain water. As soon as the first rain dropped, all the grasses started springing up again with new life. This is just one of the numerous signi-ficance of water. Water is indeed the source of life. It is the most essential and indispensable subst-ance on earth. We may live without food but we can-not survive without water.
March 22 is World Water Day, a day set aside to re-flect on the importance of water, some of the chall-enges facing water supply and possible ways of ma-king water available and affordable. The theme of this year’s World Water Day is “Nature for Water.” This theme explores how we can use nature to overcome some of the water-related challenges which are caused by Envi-ronmental damage, clim-ate change and degraded vegetation, soil, rivers and lakes, with constant negli-gence of the ecosystem. These challenges include Floods, drought and wat-er pollution.
Needless to say that this is affecting people’s heal-th and their means of live-lihoods. In a re-port released by UN, it is est-imated that 2.1 billion people live without sa-fe drinking wa-ter. With the UN declaration of Water as one of the Sustain-able Develop-ment Goals, the Provision of stable and portable water for the timid society remains a major challenge facing the world today.
Some of the natural so-lutions to water related challenge includes provi-sion of portable water through drilling of bore-holes; planting of new fo-rests, promotion of ‘gre-en’ infrastructure where possible. reconnecting rivers to floodplains. Do-ing every possible to redu-ce floods, droughts and water pollution by cleaning and opening up of drain-ages. In addition, people should desist from dump-ing waste material into drainages.
We drink water to quen-ch our thirst. We use it for cooking, taking our bath, washing of kitchen utensi-ls, and clothes. Water is al-so used as recreational facility such as swimming pools. Without water there will be no farming because water keeps plants and animals alive. Most factor-ies and industries rely on water for their operations.
Last year, while address-ing a group of 90 experts from across the world, Pope Francis declared wa-ter as a fundamental hu-man right: “all people have a right to safe drinking water.” Unfortunately this right is not guaranteed to-day. As a result “each day 1,000 children die from wa-ter-related illnesses and millions of persons consu-me polluted water.” This, according to him, can even lead to a third world war if care is not taken. this shows the importance of water. It is the principle of life; for where there is water there is life and where there is life there is water.