World Water Day: Here’s what’s happening


Today marks the World Water Day 2016. According to the United Nations, almost half the world’s workers  – 1.5 billion people – work in water related sectors. Whether it is used to spin a turbine, douse fires or flush toilets and sinks, water affects all jobs in all sectors.

Since 1993, UN-Water has coordinated World Water Day, an engagement campaign designed to observe the importance of water. The theme for this year’s World Water Day – March 22 – is “Better water, better jobs.” This theme focuses on how the quantity and quality of water can impact worker’s livelihoods and “transform societies and economies.” This year’s World Water Development Report will be launched today in Geneva, Switzerland during the World Water Day celebrations. Click here to read the executive summary.

Watch the World Water Day 2016 trailer
Things to do

Many World Water Day events are happening across Canada. ES&E has compiled a short list of things to check out today and this week.

  • The Safe Drinking Water Foundation will be holding a webinar at 12:00 PDT to share the details of their Student Action on Canadian Water Attitudes Competition. Email to register.
  • The Atlantic Canada Water and Wastewater Association will be hosting their 9th Annual “Well Tapped” event at the Garrison Brewery, Halifax. Event runs  March 22, from 9 p.m. – 10:30 pm. Click here for more information.
  • The University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University will be holding an event to celebrate World Water Day, March 22, 11 a.m. – 5:30 pm. The event will showcase water research from both schools and feature presentations from Trojan Technologies, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper and the Canadian Water Network. Click here for more information.
  • The Okanagan Basin Water Board’s Okanagan WaterWise program and the Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services is hosting its popular and free panel discussion and
    mixer on March 22 at the Laurel Packinghouse in Kelowna, B.C. Click here for more information.
  • Western Canada Water Association will be holding a panel discussion on “Connecting Our Waters”. This is part of an ongoing series of events hosted by the University of Alberta’s Intersections of Sustainability Collaborative Research Network. Click here for more information.
  • Olds, Alberta. Join Olds College on March 22, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. for a screening of a short documentary on Canada’s McKenzie River Basin. Click here for more information.
  • World Water Day and Canada Water Week events in Thunder Bay, ON. Catch a screening of the film Watermark, tour of the Bare Point Water Treatment Plant and enter trivia contests. Click here for more information.
Canada Water Week

Until March 27, events will be held across Canada in celebration of Canada Water Week. To find an event near you, or to post an event, visit:

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  1. How do we connect to add events to your list?

    We have one planned in Ottawa with 6 presenters and expect many dozens of participants


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