Water and Jobs

‘World Water Day is an annual event celebrated on March 22. The day focuses attention on the importance of freshwater and advocates for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The day was first formally proposed in Agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro. The first World Water Day was held in 1993. Each year focuses on a different issue.’

The theme this year is ‘ Water and Jobs’- Better Water, Better Jobs. For some reason that theme didn’t make sense to me until I had an interesting conversation with a banker about a month ago. My account had been declared dormant and efforts to reactivate it seemed futile. I don’t know if it’s because they consider the account hopeless…They need to have a little faith :/ … I digress…

So, I went to my branch to reactivate my account. The lady at the customer care desk asked me whether I had been out of the country thus the state. I said no. She says, ‘So you’ve been in the country all along?’ Mentally rolling my eyes, I said, ‘Yes’. ‘So where do you work?’ ‘I’m a student. Oh, I’m sorry, I assume everyone is working. It’s fine. So what are you studying?  Integrated Watershed Management. Sorry what?  Integrated Watershed Management. *blank look*. Do you know what a watershed is? NO. So I explain to her what a watershed is. With genuine concern on her face she asks me, ‘Will you get a job when you’re done?’ So I laugh and ask her… Do you know where the water in your tap comes from? No. I’ve never thought about it…

I was very very very surprised that people do not know where their water comes from… I’ll have to write about that someday soon.

To all the people who work in the water sector, the engineers, watershed managers, water quality experts, water flow experts, water and hygiene, hydrologists, groundwater experts, researchers, lecturers, community water and sanitation workers… #R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

For more on this day: http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday

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