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Pray with us on World Water Day on March 22
2017 Mar 14

The theme of World Water Day 2017 is Wastewater

The theme of World Water Day 2017 is “Wastewater.” Learn more about this year’s theme and join us in prayer on March 22nd.

What is Wastewater?

Wastewater is any water that has been contaminated. Wastewater is the fancy term applied to water that is polluted by human activity such as bathing, dishwashing, doing laundry, fertilizing crops, flushing the toilet, and hydraulic fracturing or fracking for oil or gas.

Is wastewater harmful to us?

Pollution of surface water is a problem for over half of our planet’s population. Each year 250 million cases of water-borne diseases are documented, causing roughly five to 10 million deaths.

Fifty percent of worldwide groundwater is unsuitable for drinking because of pollution and only about one percent of the water on earth is available for human use. The world water pollution and sanitation crisis takes more lives through disease than any war has through the use of weapons.

We can and must find ways to safely recycle wastewater to sustain life on our planet!

What happens to wastewater?

Used or “contaminated” water moves to drains and sewers and continues to a treatment plant that operates 24/7, conducting a series of processes to eliminate contaminants. The water, once cleaned, can be discharged into the environment without the risk of spreading diseases or killing off plants and animals. Too often though, wastewater remains in the ground or runs off into nearby bodies of water contaminating them.

Wastewater from fracking is another story. You can’t use a standard municipal water treatment plant to treat flowback and produced water from fracking because those facilities are not designed to handle the level of contamination, especially radioactivity, found in these waters. Some procedures have been developed to deal with this flowback but they are not 100 percent effective and there are not sufficient procedures available to meet the vast need.

Download the 2017 World Water Day prayer Service