World Water Day: Making The Invisible Visible


March 22, 2022

Brandon, MB – World Water Day is an annual United Nations observed day that takes place on March 22nd. This years’ theme is Groundwater: Making the Invisible Visible. 

Groundwater is invisible, but its impact is visible everywhere. Out of sight, under our feet, groundwater is a hidden treasure that enriches our lives. Almost all liquid freshwater in the world is groundwater. 

The City of Brandon is on top of an aquifer* and the activities on the land surface can affect the quality of our groundwater. Here are a few points of what we can do to protect our aquifer:  

  • Reduce household chemical use and properly dispose of motor oil and unwanted or unused chemicals and medications. Visit brandon.ca/recycling/recyclepedia for how this can be done 

  • If pesticides, oil, gasoline, or other hazardous products leak or spill onto your driveway or other hard surface, use kitty litter or other absorbent material on the spill. Do not wash down the area 

  • Select low water-use plants and limit the amount of pesticides and fertilizers used in your yard 

  • Minimize runoff, which can carry chemicals into surface water and groundwater. Look into installing a rain garden! 

 

The City of Brandon Water Treatment Plant produces an average of 27,500,000 litres of water per day! Follow these tips to save water inside your home: 

  • Install low flush toilets or consider placing full plastic bottles of water in the tank, away from the working mechanism 

  • Avoid using the toilet for items that can simply go in the trash 

  • Replace your shower head with a water-efficient model and/or take shorter showers 

  • Fill the sink with hot water when shaving instead of letting the water run continuously 

  • Replace any leaking faucets in the house 

  • Install aerators in faucets to maintain a constant rate of water flow  

  • Keep drinking water in a container in the fridge instead of running the water until it is cool 

  • Wash full loads of clothes and dishes or change the setting on the washer for a partial load 

  • Replace older appliances with ones labelled Energy Star® 

 

What is World Water Day? 

World Water Day is an annual United Nations observed day, started in 1993, that celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2 billion people currently living without access to safe water. A core focus of World Water Day is to inspire action toward the sustainable development goal of water and sanitation for all by 2030. 

*An aquifer is any geological formation containing or conducting groundwater, especially one that supplies the water for wells, springs, etc.