World Water Day 2016


Rain shower’s caress

Shimmering play of droplets,

Taken for granted.

Water is a precious commodity used in all aspects of life.  The making of everything we touch involves the use of water somewhere along the way.  I live in a part of the world where we often take rainfall and clean water for granted.   World Water Day is an annual opportunity to consider the importance of water; and to remember that across the world many people live in drought conditions or without clean water nearby.  Approximately 10% of the world’s population lives without access to clean water for drinking and washing.  Only about one-half of the world has tap water at home.

Every year the United Nation’s World Water Day has a special theme–this year it is water and jobs, highlighting how the livelihood of millions of workers depends on a reliable water supply.   For me, the underlying message is constant: our globe’s clean water is a valuable resource to be conserved and protected.

Collecting water at a public well in Nepal
Collecting water in Africa (unknown location)

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The introductory haiku was written in response to Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Challenge #89 using the prompt words: ‘shower’ and ‘play’.

27 thoughts on “World Water Day 2016

  1. Great use of prompts! What a precious resource, and how lucky are we to have it- but it shouldn’t be a matter of luck to have a basic need met. Staggering how the cost is ridiculously inflated too – in real terms, for those who have so little, to access clean water (a Guardian article today). Well done on bringing important matters to attention Janice.

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  2. I read this whilst taking a break and drinking a glass of water. What a beautiful reminder to us all how so many of us take this natural product for granted whilst half of the world’s population don’t have running water! Stopping to thing about it that is just staggering. There are many projects under way to at least bring clean water to communities but still it will never be enough. Great post and starts with such a light beautiful haiku.

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  3. Wonderful haiku and post, Janice. Sometimes we forget that others are in need of clean water, including some of our northern friends in Canadian aboriginal communities. Very sad situation. 😦

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  4. Great haiku and message. In the USA many take for granted the fact that we have clean water to drink and bathe in, it’s sad. It’s good to create awareness of other countries struggling with lack of clean water. That could be us someday.

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    1. Thanks Vashti. And sadly there are water problems in some places in the States like the lead poisoning in Flint Michigan and in communities in Canada where they have to boil water before drinking. Lots of info out there..I just haven’t read or absorbed it all.

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  5. Timely and thoughtful post reminding me of how much I take for granted. Indeed I am blessed. Even when we need rain, it is seldom limited any more than to ration lawn and garden watering to odd or even days. Your picture is striking! Love it.

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    1. Really! That’s interesting about promoting population growth..any push to receive refugees or are they pushing for live births. Either way, water supply needs to be factored in.


  6. Its economic migration and birth encouragement in Australia. refugees are a touchy social/political issue in Australia especially if they arrive unannounced on leaky fishing boats from Indonesia or Sri lanka. (then we lock them up in Papua New Guinea or Nauru) Australia now has more population than the environment can support.

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