Tuesday, March 22, 2011

World Water Day

World Water Day is held every year on March 22 to highlight the importance of the availability of clean freshwater and the key role that water plays around the world.

This year’s theme is “Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge,” designed to bring awareness to the rapid growth of the world’s population in urban areas and the increasing demand for clean freshwater.

In Maine, we are fortunate to have abundant, clean, and safe drinking water. However, in many parts of the world, access to safe, clean water is scarce. According to UNICEF estimates, over 884 million people lack access to safe drinking water worldwide.

If you have a private well, make sure you know your well is safe. Test your water. For more information on testing your well, visit http://wellwater.maine.gov.

For information on public water systems in Maine, visit the Maine CDC Drinking Water Program.