Reflecting on Israel's Water Usage and Reviewing Water Saving Tips Before International Water Day

world water day tipsKaren provides some water-saving tips in praise of International Water Day, Monday. [image via: RonAlmog]

This coming Monday, March 22nd will be International Water Day, a time (almost like New Years) for countries to reflect upon their last year of water usage and make resolutions for the year to come.  This is especially important in the Middle East, where water is frighteningly scarce.

International Water Day is an initiative that came out of a 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), and has since been celebrated every March 22nd.  The theme changes every year, with the theme this year being “Clean Water for a Healthy World.”

Here’s how this year’s theme is defined: “UN-Water has chosen Clean Water for a Healthy World as theme for World Water Day 2010. The overall goal of the World Water Day on 22 March 2010 campaign is to raise the profile of water quality at the political level so that water quality considerations are made alongside those of water quantity.”

So how does Israel fare within the global mission to preserve water?  Sometimes well, sometimes not so well. 

On the up side, the Israeli Knesset recently appointed an Investigative Commission to determine the causes of Israel’s water crisis and submit findings and recommendations.   Organizations such as the Jewish National Fund (JNF) have also gotten involved, and have pioneered many water saving solutions.  JNF has built 205 reservoirs to date with a combined capacity of over 66 billion gallons of recycled and flood water, increasing Israel’s water supply by 12%.

On the other hand, it is hard to ignore certain trends of water waste such as the annual summer water fight in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square.  Held every summer for the past five years, hundreds of Tel Avivians gather in the square to fling water balloons and squirt water guns at each other in order to cool down from the intense heat.  (Check out the clip above.)

Regardless of what’s going on with the country you live in, though, nothing should stop you from taking measures on your own to save water.  Here are some of our Green Prophet water-saving tips:

Drinking Water

Say Goodbye to Bottles

A Leaky Faucet Can Save You Money

Your Toilet May Be Overflowing… Without You Knowing It

Is Your Shower Efficient?

Use a Bucket

Washing Dishes

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