World Water Day


WHEREAS, the first designated World Water Day was March 22, 1993, established by action of the United Nations General Assembly after the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development; and

WHEREAS, water is an essential part of life, central to survival, environment, and the economy; and

WHEREAS, today, more than 1.5 billion people work in water-related sectors and nearly every job depends on water and its safe delivery; and

WHEREAS, the safe delivery of water and its maintenance, combined with renewing reliable sources, is crucial as we work with developing countries to contribute to a greener economy; and

WHEREAS, this year’s theme, “Water and Jobs”, highlights the important connection between clean water and the power to transform people through social and economic advancements; and

WHEREAS, all Virginians should be aware of the importance of clean freshwater for their health, for the ecosystems that water supports, and our responsibility to wisely use and care for water;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 22, 2016, as WORLD WATER DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.