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World Water Day: Akasa Air saves 3.36 lakh litres by skipping water cannon salutes

Mar 22, 2024 12:45 PM IST

World Water Day 2024: By skipping the traditional water cannon salutes, a 3.36 lakh litres of precious water resources were saved, Akasa Air said.

A staggering 3.36 lakh litres of water was saved by forgoing the traditional water cannon salutes for aircraft, Akasa Air said as it marked World Water Day 2024. The day is observed every year to raise awareness about the importance of fresh water and its sustainable management.

Akasa Air began commercial operations in August 2022. (Akasa Air)

"336,000 litres of water! Yes, that's how much we've conserved till date, by opting out of ceremonial water cannon salutes during fleet and new destination inaugurations," Akasa Air said in a post on X (formerly Twitter) on Friday.

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"This World Water Day, we renew our dedication to conserving this invaluable resource."

Here is what Akasa Air posted on X:

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Akasa's revelation comes as cities such as Bengaluru are facing a severe water crisis this summer, with the borewells and several lakes drying up. The water crisis has affected the drinking water supply as well as irrigation.

"On World Water Day, we celebrate the vital importance of water in our lives and reiterate our commitment to protecting this precious resource and work towards sustainable water management," Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote on X.

According to the United Nations (UN), 2.2 billion people still live without safely managed drinking water, including 115 million people who drink surface water.

World Water Day 2024 Theme

The theme for this year is "Water for Peace".

"This World Water Day, we all need to unite around water and use water for peace, laying the foundations of a more stable and prosperous tomorrow," the UN said.

A total of 153 countries around the world share water resources, but only 24 of those have signed onto various cooperation agreements covering all of their shared water, UN chief Antonio Guterres pointed out in a statement marking World Water Day on Friday.

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