World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of fresh water and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.
In 2014, World Water Day highlights "Water and Energy." Worldwide, 1.3 billion people live without electricity, 780 million lack access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion are without sanitation. Water and energy have crucial impacts on poverty alleviation. Water and energy are closely interlinked and interdependent.
Energy generation and transmission requires utilization of water resources, particularly for hydroelectric, nuclear and thermal energy sources. Conversely, about 8 percent of the global energy generation is used for pumping, treating and transporting water to various consumers."
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Organized by the local nonprofit Hope 2 One Life, Billings will join 65 other U.S. cities by holding its Seventh Annual Walk for Water on March 22. The Mayor's World Water Day Proclamation "encourages the citizens of Billings to participate in the Walk for Water awareness event and support any person or group within the community that is associated with taking action on the world water crisis."
We encourage you to "Walk for Water" on Saturday, March 22, at 10 a.m. at Rocky Mountain College Student Union. This 1.5 mile interactive walk and multimedia forum offers an opportunity to learn more about water and energy and worldwide water projects. Let's work together and make fresh water an instrument for peace.