Most of us fast during Ramadan, but can you imagine having to go one day without any water at all, particularly during Covid times when we have to wash our hands all the time?
At the time of writing, from sunny Islamabad, I feel that winter came and went in a blink of an eye. It makes my throat feel dry just thinking about the heat that the summer season will bring with it.
When I shower in the morning, I need water. The cup of chai I am currently drinking holds water. When I get up from my table, I will need water to perform wudhu. I’m also thinking about having pasta for dinner, and when I need to prepare it I will need water to boil said pasta and then water to wash the dishes.
The list of things that I need to get done, that require the use of water, is never-ending, and this isn’t even taking into account the consistent need to wash hands to stay safe from the spread of Covid-19.
On 22 March every year, the world observes World Water Day, where the importance of freshwater is highlighted and challenges surrounding water are brought to the forefront.
This year the theme of World Water Day is ‘Valuing Water’. We’re exploring the inextricable links that water has with social, economic, political, cultural, and environmental factors, hence, examining its value and exploring ways how we can play a better role to protect this vital resource.