Each year, World Water Day (March 22) aims to celebrate water and raise awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water.
The United Nations created the day in 1993, with the goal of tackling a global water crisis that continues to intensify as a result of climate change. The UN also uses the occasion to release an annual report analyzing sustainable water policies and offering best practices. This year, the focus is groundwater.
Here at The Story Exchange, we’ve been keeping an eye on innovative women working on the frontlines of the water crisis. Many of the women cited below were recipients of our first-ever Women In Science Incentive Prize, which supports female scientists working in climate change adaptation and mitigation.