World Water Day, 22 March

20 Mar, 2020
World Water Day, 22 March

"Water and climate change." This year's World Water Day, marked on 22 March, focuses on the inextricable link between water and climate change. Water is one of the key resources essential to our existence. As climate change is proving to be inevitable, we need to respond to it and take appropriate action as swiftly as possible if we are to secure a healthy living environment for future generations.

Unfortunately, extreme weather events are increasingly common, which may mean that water is getting more restricted, more unpredictable, more polluted, or all of the above. Responsible, safe and sustainable water management is therefore crucial.

In water management, we need to see the wider picture since proper management is required in the following areas: urban planning, flood protection, agriculture, economy, society, nature, drinking water and, last but not least, the tapping of the water's energy potential. The solutions to these challenges include multipurpose hydro projects on rivers. By tapping the hydro potential of Slovenia's major rivers along with the positive synergies of multipurpose infrastructural projects, we are able to make an important contribution to securing drinking water, suitable conditions for living, and continued sustainable development of Slovenia.

At HESS we fully recognize the importance of preserving water sources, since it is with the help of water – as the cleanest source of energy – that we supply Slovenia with a much-needed proportion of electricity generated from renewable sources. Electricity is the driving force of the world economy and is to a large extent closely connected to water and man-made reservoirs, which are being used for electricity generation purposes by the existing hydroelectric power plants. In addition to generating electricity from water, HESS, when building new hydroelectric power plants, also sees to the raising of the water table, thereby contributing to the secure supply of drinking water while at the same time facilitating farmland irrigation. In effect, groundwater levels vary throughout the year, depending on the amount of precipitation and the fluctuations in the water levels of the watercourses feeding it – but most of all, groundwater levels vary due to its usage. Groundwater is an essential source of drinking water, providing nearly all of the country's drinking water supply. It is also important for agriculture and fruit farming, where it is directly used for irrigation or where a suitable groundwater level is essential to ensuring better conditions for performing specific activities.

We are fully aware of the fact that the future of the generations to come is also largely dependent on our attitude to nature, so in our day-to-day operations we are going to do everything in our power to keep the rivers and reservoirs clean in order to ensure a better quality of living for people. This includes raising awareness among the general public on the importance of having a responsible approach to water management and also the preservation of water sources. There is no time to spare. What matters today is the actions of every single one of us.

Water is our most valuable resource, let's use it wisely!

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