World Water Day 2018: 80 Powerful Images to Make You Think Twice about Leaving Your Shower Running

People gather to get water from a huge well in the village of Natwarghad in the western Indian state of Gujarat.Amit Dave/Reuters
A Sudanese girl from the war-torn Blue Nile state collects drinking water from a muddy pond, in order to avoid a 12-hour wait at a pump, in South Sudan's Doro refugee camp.Hereward Holland/Reuters

World Water Day is observed on March 22 every year to raise awareness of the water crisis facing much of the world's population. The U.N. estimates that more than 2 billion people live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their health, education and livelihoods. Instead of turning on a tap, they must spend countless hours queueing or trekking to sources of water. This water is often contaminated, putting people at risk of infectious diseases and premature death. 

Find out more about World Water Day at the U.N. Water site. One of the aims of the day is to make people think twice about how much water they waste. People who have plentiful access to water are encouraged to try not turning on their taps all day. Water is a finite resource that is fundamental to human well-being. Don't waste it.

 

A man collects recyclable items in the polluted water of the River Yamuna in New Delhi, India.Adnan Abidi/Reuters
An Iraqi soldier from the 9th Armored Division gives drops of water to a dehydrated child rescued earlier by soldiers at the frontline, during fighting between Iraqi forces and Islamic State militants near the Old City in western Mosul.Erik de Castro/Reuters
Fishermen row their boat on the polluted Brahmaputra river in Guwahati, India.Biju Boro/AFP
A woman walks on the parched bed of Chandola Lake with a metal pot on her head to fetch water in Ahmedabad, India.Sam Panthaky/AFP
Workers collect dead fish floating on the surface of the polluted West Lake in Hanoi, Vietnam.Kham/Reuters
A boy drinks water from a pond in Bule Duba village in the outskirts of Moyale, near the Oroma and Somali regions of Ethiopia.Irada Humabtova/Reuters
People fill bottles with water from a municipal truck in Bengaluru, India.Abhishek N. Chinnappa/Reuters
People queue to collect drinking water from a municipal tanker in a flooded residential area in Ahmedabad, India.Amit Dave/Reuters
A boy drinks water from a pipe, in the rebel-held besieged town of Douma in eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus.Bassam Khabieh/Reuters
Two young men cover their noses as they cross a bridge over a canal covered in toxic foam caused by polluted sewage water, in east Bangalore, India. Manjunath Kiran/AFP
Villagers carry pitchers filled with drinking water after visiting a well at Meni village in the western Indian state of Gujarat.Amit Dave/Reuters
Refugees line up their water containers to collect water from a well at a settlement in Palorinya, Uganda.Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

World Water Day is observed on March 22 every year to raise awareness of the water crisis facing much of the world's population. The U.N. estimates that more than 2 billion people live without safe drinking water at home; affecting their health, education and livelihoods. Instead of turning on a tap, they must spend countless hours queueing or trekking to sources of water. This water is often contaminated, putting people at risk of infectious diseases and premature death. 

Find out more about World Water Day at the U.N. Water site. One of the aims of the day is to make people think twice about how much water they waste. People who have plentiful access to water are encouraged to try not turning on their taps all day. Water is a finite resource that is fundamental to human well-being. Don't waste it.