Bodensee, Lake Constance, Konstanz, Germany,

World Water Day 25: an RTW selection

Above: Early start by fishermen on the Bodensee on a misty autumn morning (HL).

Recent news regarding Cape Town’s dwindling fresh water supply has once again raised calls for attention and examination regarding the usage, recycling, and abuse of available drinking water. 22 March is World Water Day:

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The United Nations (UN) General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.

To mark the 25th anniversary of World Water Day in 2018, I list the following 12 examples of fresh water bodies to question our interaction with and impact on water sources, and to ask whether water is truly free and whether some people are more “free” to receive water than others.

  1. Aachener Weiher: Cologne, Germany
  2. Akaka Falls: Hawaii, USA
  3. Aussenalster: Hamburg, Germany
  4. Bodensee: Unteruhldingen, Germany
  5. Capilano Lake: Vancouver, Canada
  6. Eibsee : Grainau, Germany
  7. Embalse Puclaro : Región de Coquimbo, Chile
  8. Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil
  9. Lake Burley Griffin: Canberra, Australia
  10. Lake Matheson: New Zealand’s South Island
  11. Lake Ontario: Toronto, Canada
  12. Lake Washington: Seattle, USA

1.   Aachener Weiher (Cologne, Germany)

Aachener Weiher, Cologne, Germany

Where many at or near the university gather for sun and beer – 27 September 2009 (HL)

2.   Akaka Falls (Hawaii, USA)

Akaka Falls, Big Island of Hawaii

Hamakua Coast, Big Island of Hawaii – 21 January 2012 (HL)

3.   Aussenalster (Hamburg, Germany)

4.   Bodensee (Unteruhldingen, Germany)

Pfahlbauten Museum, Unteruhldingen

Historical pile dwellings (and museum) on Lake Constance – 23 September 2017 (HL)

5.   Capilano Lake (Vancouver, Canada)

6.   Eibsee (Grainau, Germany)

Bayerische Zugspitzbahn, Zugspitze, Germany,

7.   Embalse Puclaro (between La Serena and Vicuña, Chile)

With meltwater from snowpack in the Andes, the Puclaro Reservoir is a critical and controlled source of drinking water and irrigation in the Elqui river valley – 9 August 2008 (HL)

8.   Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil)

Foz do Iguacu, Brazil,

Primary falls, from the Brazilian side across to the other side in Argentina – 14 June 2007 (HL)

9.   Lake Burley Griffin: Australian Capital Territory

Lake Burley Griffin, Canberra, ACT, Australia,, myRTW

Late-winter afternoon on the man-made lake in Canberra – 9 September 2012 (HL)

10.   Lake Matheson (Te Waka a Māui, Aotearoa)

11.   Lake Ontario (Toronto, Canada)

12.   Lake Washington (Seattle, USA)

•   UN Water
•   UN World Water Day

I wrote about International World Rivers’ Day here.

I made all of the above photos between 2007 and 2017. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotografie at as

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