March

World Water Day, March 22nd!

  • The 2017 World Water Day theme is Wastewater
  • World Water Day is an international observance and an opportunity to learn more about water related issues. Be inspired to tell others, and take action to make a difference.
  • The UN and its member nations devote this day to implementing UN recommendations and promoting concrete activities within their countries regarding the world's water resources.

Water Fast Facts

  • Less than 10 countries possess 60% of the world's available freshwater supply.1
  • It takes 1,800 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef.1
  • 793 million people do not have access to clean and safe water worldwide.1
  • In developing countries, as much as 80% of illnesses are linked to poor water and sanitation conditions.1
  • 89% of Washington state’s power is generated by hydroelectric dams.2
  • 64% of households in a survey of 45 developing countries rely on women to get the family's water when there is no water source in the home.3
  • According to the World Health Organization, for every $1 invested in water and sanitation, there is an economic return between $3 and $34!4

SU and Water Conservation

  • The Admissions & Alumni building is equipped with water cisterns that capture rainwater to irrigate the landscape!
  • The entrance to the Lemieux Library is actually a series of structures that captures roof runoff which supplies the water used in the upper pool and waterfall features
  • All new buildings are designed to achieve LEED Gold standards.
  • Dorms on campus are equipped with low-flow toilets, urinals, shower heads, and faucet aerators. Take a campus tour to learn more!
  • SU is involved in numerous local and international water projects, check them out!
  • Check out the Seattle University faculty experts and courses in water.
  • The Bullitt Center, where the CEJS office is located, is the nation’s most sustainable office building. It has its own greywater system, rainwater gardens, and composting toilets! Schedule a tour.
  • No plastic water bottles are sold on campus, so make sure to pick up your own reusable water bottle at the SU bookstore!
  • Learn more!

In the Community

Sources:

  1. thewaterproject.org/water-scarcity/water_stats
  2. http://www.seattle.gov/light/FuelMix/
  3. unicef.org/eapro/JMP-2010Final.pdf
  4. who.int/water_sanitation_health/publications/2012/globalcosts.pdf

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