March 22, 2014 is World Water Day! On this day we consider and celebrate the importance of water in all of our lives. After all, where would we all be without water?
This year’s theme is Water and Energy – two things that go hand-in-hand in so many ways. For example, water is used right here in Newfoundland in the generation of electricity, and for many people in many communities it is the electricity which in turn powers much of the equipment to provide clean water for drinking and other uses.
Consider as well:
- The estimated wastewater production from the municipalities of St. John’s, Mount Pearl and Paradise from residential, commercial and light industrial sources is 120 million litres per day. (120,000,000 Litres!)^
- St. John’s has a humid continental climate with warm summers and no dry season. The area within 40 km of St. John’s airport is 75% covered by oceans and seas.^
- In 2011, 3.07 million litres of wastewater were used at the Holyrood Thermal Generating Station for the generation of electricity. (3,070,000 litres)^
Water is clearly very important to our energy use, our way of life and our well-being. Check out The United Nations website www.unwater.org/worldwaterday for more great information plus water and energy facts and figures regarding World Water Day
This year NAACAP will be joining the Marine Institute on March 21 to celebrate World Water Day. We will have a display board along with others as we discuss water and how it is used. Why not come over and visit? We will be there from 12pm-2pm in the main lobby.
^source for stats as published online at City of St. John’s (www.stjohns.ca), Weatherspark (www.weatherspark.com) and the Nalcor Energy 2011 Environmental Performance Report (available online at www.nalcorenergy.com).