World Water Day 2021

You are the most important element of the World Water Day 2021 campaign. Join millions of other people and share key messages with your friends, family, and colleagues.

The Colorado Water Center invites you to our World Water Day social media event from March 16-22.
We want to hear from you all week!

Tag us on your social media platform and we will reshare your post.

Here are several ideas of posts to share:

  1. Visit your local lake, river, pond, or wetland. Take a photo or tell us what that spot means to you.
  2. Join the #WorldWaterRun – A 7-Day free virtual run and walk around the world.
    –  Together, as a global community, we commit to 7 days to run or walk a collective distance equal to the circumference of the world 24,901 miles (40,075 KM).
    –  Get moving and share your story.
  3. Clean up your watershed
    –  All litter ends up in our water. Take a walk on your own and bring plastic gloves and a garbage bag. Pick up trash to make your community cleaner.
    –  Be safe! Pay attention to your surroundings outside and near roads. Wash your hands well after and do not pick up anything that does not look safe.
    –  Post a photo and show off your work.
  4. Tell us your favorite water fact, stories, thoughts, and feelings about water.


World Water Day 2021 Assets: Download graphics, posters, and other visuals to spread awareness in your community.

A Message from our Interim Director, Jennifer Gimbel

Colorado Water Center Celebrates World Water Day

The United Nations (U.N.) has declared March 22 as World Water Day. Beginning in 1993, the U.N. sought to emphasize the numerous issues surrounding the life-sustaining substance and raise awareness of the global water crisis. Each year has been devoted to various themes: climate change, nature for water, water and energy, water and food security, water quality. This year the theme is the value of water.

Here in the arid west, we think we understand how much we value water.  But do we?  In the United States, some people are still hauling water for their basic domestic needs.  Water quality issues arise at an alarming rate.  The concentrated levels of lead found in Flint, Michigan drinking water was a wake-up call to many water distributors.  For most of us, the value of water is limited to whether the tap at our sink is working.  Those in the agricultural world seem to have a better concept of water’s value and its connection to food security and conservation.  Many non-governmental groups work to remind us of the importance of water in the environment.

The Colorado Water Center, part of the land-grant Colorado State University, works to expand our knowledge on water, providing research and educational programs, convening groups working on issues covering several rivers, including the Platte, Poudre, and Colorado Rivers.  The Center has also been expanding outreach to all citizens, especially students in our Water Sustainability Fellowship program, reaching out to students who may not otherwise have had an opportunity to learn about water issues.

Learn more about water issues in Colorado and the West by exploring our website.  Participate in our World Water Day social media event.  Check out our publications and newsletters.

Finally, take a moment to think about how important water is to you:  to your home and family life, your livelihood, and your environment.