Introducing “Water Hour”

A movement may have started on June 11th, this year. The first ever “Water Hour” was celebrated that day around the globe. As part of its promotion of the event, the Water Environment Federation notified the staff at H2Bid about the event. Water Hour is a different approach to the problem of water resource management and conservation; instead of a “doom and gloom” approach, the founders of Water Hour encourage people to take one hour to reconnect with water in their lives. By sharing positive stories of how water has shaped us or made us happy, the movement hopes to develop a sense of value in people that is associated with water in their lives.

Promoted by over 60 diverse environmental and conservation groups, the Water Hour founders reached out across the globe. So far they have solicited over 400,000 stories and affirmations from individuals. Technology paved the way for the call for the stories as well as the affirmations themselves; Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and YouTube all served as platforms for sharing these positive stories about water. A quick scan of the sites reveals the various ways that we view water: as sustenance, as recreation, as a means of travel, as a means to connect and as a livelihood. These stories are called “Water Moments,” they represent the moment that water became a tangible part of our lives.

Water Hour is a positive event; it does not ask participants to dwell on the negatives. Also, it is different by its very nature – a dispersed, almost individual event. The founders of the event address these differences by noting that Water Hour is like an engine, “your Water Moment is like an emotional spark that ignites the fuel, and the Water Hour celebration is the explosion of creativity and outreach that follows. Now the engine is running – so declaring your commitment to take action carries the inspiration of Water Hour forward to make a difference year-round.”

Though Water Hour has officially passed for 2010, the founders of the movement encourage people to contribute and interact as an online community year-round. They fully expect that these Water Moments will lead to collaboration and action by readers and observers of the sites. In fact, there are examples that indicate this is happening already. Some of the collaborative focus is aimed at making a larger impact during Water Hour 2011 while other discussion groups appear to be focusing on the health of the Great Lakes and even how to reduce the water-needs impact of biodiesel production.

Water Hour’s focus is certainly different from the usual conservation message and only time will tell if this new focus will be effective in the long run. From the editor’s perspective, however, the first Water Hour appears to have been a great success and certainly seems to have raised the awareness of many. If you would like to share your story with the broader community, browse to and contribute. Who knows, perhaps your anecdote will be the inspiration that drives a future conservationist or inventor!

World Water Day

Detroit, MI, March 20, 2006 –(PR.COM)– Do you think there is enough water for sustaining life on earth? And forever? What do you feel when you hear, “Water, water everywhere and not a drop to drink?” We pray, this should not happen.

To create awareness among the public about the importance of water, major water organizations are joining hands and educating the world’s communities about the necessity of joining together to solve the global water crisis. The 22nd day of March has been declared “World Day for Water” by a resolution of United Nations General Assembly.

Ground Water Scarcity?
The accessibility of ground water is slowly becoming critical due to the increase in population, industrialization, urbanization, and food production. Of all the water on earth, salt water constitutes 97.5% and fresh water is only 2.5%. The most accessible fresh water is 0.007% of all water on earth and its resources are lakes, rivers, streams and reservoirs. Actually, the fresh water supply has not decreased, but pollution and demand for fresh water have substantially increased. None of us are isolated from this crisis as
water is a basic necessity.

World Water Day – Themes of previous years

The celebration of World Water Day dates back to 1993. Each year the celebration centers around a theme and is celebrated globally.

In 1995, the theme was Women and Water and the discussion centered around pollution and environmental degradation. In 1996, the theme was Water for Thirsty Cities. The emphasis was on the growing water crisis faced by the world’s cities which threatens the sustainability of their social and economic development. In 1997, the theme was Water Resources Assessment. The questions posed was “Is there enough water?” Groundwater – the Invisible Resource was the theme for 1998 and the celebration centered around groundwater management. World Water Day, 1999 focused on Everyone Lives Downstream and discussed floods and droughts. The World Water Day 2000 celebration was on Water for the 21st century. Water for Health was the theme for the year 2001 and the increasing need for adequate and safe water to protect both people and the planet was stressed. Water for Development was the theme for 2002., highlighting the world’s demand for integrated water resources planning and management. Water for the Future was the theme for World Water Day 2003. It called on each one of us to maintain and improve the quality and quantity of fresh water available to future generations. The theme for World Water Day 2004 was Water and Disasters. The impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic on water, sanitation, and related water hygiene issues were widely publicized. World Water Day 2005 introduced the International Decade for Action, Water for Life.
For World Water Day 2006, the theme is Water and Culture. This year, the emphasis is on educating students and communities about the many water-related development efforts. The celebration will help increase global awareness of the vital role water plays in sustainable national development.

Each unit of water should be used efficiently, equitably and soundly. The economic value that water generates should be given due attention, when apportioning scarce water resources between competing uses, without infringing on the rights to basic services for all people. Many predict that wars of the next century will be over water, not oil or politics. “Water is life. Yet this precious resource is widely mismanaged. Unless we change our ways of managing water we will face serious crises in the near future.” These are the words of Ismail Serageldin, Chairman of the World Water Commission.

In honor of World Water Day, http://www, is reducing the price of the water and wastewater contract opportunities listed on the site. On March 22, 2006, the details of all water and wastewater bids and tenders may be purchased for only $1.00 (regular price is $7.95). Most of the contract opportunties on are worth millions of dollars.

Save Water. Join in celebrating World Water Day 2006.