Lagos State Government on Sunday called on the people to pay attention to the importance of proper usage of freshwater to ensure availability and sustainable management of freshwater for all in the near future.
A press statement issued in commemoration of the 2020 World Water Day Celebration from the office of the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello on Sunday said World Water Day is celebrated across the world yearly in order to increase the awareness among people about the importance, need and conservation of water with the focus on universal access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in line with the targets of SDG 6 by 2030.
He noted that the theme for this year being “Water & Climate Change” is apt at this time as climate change affect the water cycle change significantly because when climate is warm more water evaporates from the surface of the earth and in turn a warmer atmosphere can hold more water.
He explained that due to various factors such as population growth, industrialization and climate change, water resources across the world are under great pressure not only in terms of quantity but in terms of quality.
The Commissioner reveals that the growing gap between natural water sources and demand for water necessitates treatment of waste water by means of appropriate technology and thereafter reuse of waste water in areas such agriculture, irrigation and energy.
Climate change according to him, put pressure on drinking water supplies, food production, property values and increase in coastal flooding as most of the climate change impacts come down to water.
He said the theme for this year “Water & Climate Change” and how the two are inextricably linked, adapting to the water effects of climate change will protect health and save lives explaining that sing water more efficiently will reduce the greenhouse gases.
“The earth’s supply of freshwater is a renewable resource if it is managed properly, hence the need to protect it. Freshwater is water that is useful or potentially useful to humans. It is important because it is needed for life to exist”.
“It is time that people come together tackle the water crisis and address the reasons why so many people are being left behind adding that a lot people are still living without safe water with their households, schools, workplaces, farms and factories struggling to survive and thrive” he concluded.
Director (Public Affairs)
March 20, 2020