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World Water Day

22nd March 2021


The Hydro Nation International Centre is proud to host Scotland's World Water Day event, held annually on the 22nd March.

World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

Here you can find all of the fascinating virtual tours, talks and articles from World Water Day 2021. The 2021 theme was “Valuing Water”, and are proud to have hosted leading experts in Scottish water policy, industry and research to hear their perspectives on what it means for a nation to truly value water. 

Virtual Tour
Hydro Nation Scholars
Virtual Tour
International Activities
Virtual Tour
Water and Art
Virtual Tour
Chillout Room
Virtual Tour
Virtual Tour
Water Governance
Virtual Tour
Water Community
Virtual Tour
Journey to Net Zero
Virtual Tour
Blue-Green Infrastructure
World Water Day 2021 Welcome
World Water Day 2021 Ministerial Welcome
World Water Day 2021 - David Faichney
World Water Day 2021 - Mark Williams
World Water Day 2021 - Malcolm Roughead OBE
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Blog | From Waste to Energy

“Healthy rivers carry water to homes, farms, schools and businesses. Along the way they nourish entire ecosystems and provide important habitat for native plants and animals.

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Blog | A Very Personal Dive in Deep Waters

My first thoughts for writing this blog post turned into a rather academic and formal approach, not to say boring, trying to squeeze in some notions from my own research with the value of water theme.

Air Bubbles in water
Blog | Microplastics: Tiny Particles, Big Problems


The importance of water is undeniable and well established. However, many of human’s acts are affecting its quality over the years. Plastic is one of the most pressing issues responsible for water pollution.

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Blog | Taking away the ‘pandemic blues’ in blue

The Covid-19 pandemic affects not just the physical health of people but their mental and social health as well.

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Blog | The Value of Water – Increasing resilience through Nature Based Solutions

The Covid-19 pandemic has taught us that we take many things for granted – and that includes water. 

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Blog | Why Water is the Most Important Resource

Why water is the most important resource 

What does water mean to you?
News | World Water Day 2021

The Hydro Nation International Centre, with support from the Scottish Government is proud to be once again hosting World Water Day 2021 on March 22nd.

Update | World Water Day 2021 - Virtual Exhibitions

Virtual Exhibitions

Scotland's World Water Day 2021 event, held on the 22nd March, included a series of innovative virtual exhibition spaces hosting a huge number of submissions kindly provided by contributors across Scotland's Water Sector and beyond.

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News | World Water Day 2021 Spotlight - Gail Walker, Citizens Advice Scotland

Gail Walker is the Water Policy Team Manager at Citizens Advice Scotland. She is responsible for consumer-focused policy and advocacy work to secure the best outcomes for those who pay for and use water and wastewater services in Scotland.

News | World Water Day 2021 Spotlight - Harry Mayers, Home Energy Scotland

Harry is the head of Home Energy Scotland, a national advice network managed by Energy Saving Trust on behalf of t

News | World Water Day 2021 Spotlight - Morag Garden, Scotch Whisky Association


Morag Garden is Scotch Whisky Associations’ Head of Sustainability & Innovation, a role she took up in 2007.

News | World Water Day 2021 Spotlight - Rachel Helliwell, Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW)

Rachel has dedicated her 27-year career to water research and currently works at the science policy interface as the Manager of the Centre of Expertise for Waters (CREW).

News | World Water Day 2021 Spotlight - Sam Ghibaldan, Customer Forum

Sam has considerable experience in strategy, government, consumer advocacy and utilities regulation. As Director of the Customer Forum he helped ensure that the Strategic Review of Scottish Water was founded on the needs and aspirations of customers and communities.