United nations world water day

22 March 2023

Each year Smart Water run a World Water Day activity and competition for schools. There is still time to Register as you can do your activity any time it suits, but competition entries close 4pm Monday 3rd April.  Registrations are limited so get in quick!


World Water Day is celebrated across the globe every year on 22 March. It’s all about appreciating water, learning more about it and reminding us that water is an important resource for us all, especially in summer. 

The theme for the United Nations World Water Day 2023 is “Accelerating Change”. Globally we are well off track from meeting the commitments under the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6: Water and Sanitation for all by 2030.

This year to celebrate UN World Water Day we have a lesson plan for you to explore global water use. Your class will audit water use at school and investigate how  water can be saved.  Students will also make a class pledge to use less water using a pledge board provided by Smart Water.

To enter the competition, you must take a photo of your pledge board with your class and send it to us at Smart Water.

This year is about asking everyone to make and submit a commitment which you can also add to the larger scale commitments from governments and organisations etc on the Water Action Agenda for UN World Water Day 2023.

It’s time to appreciate water, learn more about it and be reminded that water is a precious resource for all of us to use and enjoy.


How will you be a Water Smart legend in 2023? 
To celebrate UN World Water Day we’re encouraging everyone to make a commitment to do one thing to save water.  This could be as a class or individually at home.

Get your class involved!
This year’s class lesson is about ‘Global water perspectives’ and how your students can join the movement to accelerate change for the UN Sustainable goal of “water and sanitisation for all by 2030”.

  • Explore and compare case studies about water use around the world.
  • Complete an audit of water use in your school.
  • Choose and commit to one water saving action to do your part to use less water this year.
  • Send a photo of your class’s Pledge board showing their commitment to be in to win!
  • Add your commitment to the United Nations’ “ Water Action Agenda”
  • Your school will be given a scroll for you to display with the names of all schools/classes who have participated in UN World Water Day 2023.

What you will receive:

  • Global water lesson plan plus extra learning resource links.
  • Smart water pledge board
  • Smart Water supporters kit including Smart Water drink bottle for teacher and shower timers, magic flannel and stickers for spot prizes

Win great Prizes!

To enter our competition and inspire others simply send in a photograph of your class pledge board showing the water saving commitment you have made. Send it into us at Smart Water  by 3rd April.

All school / class names and pledges will be added to a scroll and sent to each school to proudly display.

Register now and receive your class lesson and kit in time for UN World Water Day.

This year we have an amazing prize…
One lucky school will win a fully installed rainwater harvesting system.  Rain will be collected from the roof and stored in two 250 litre barrels which can be used to water outside areas. The winning class will be shown how the rainwater system works and will be given an inspiring talk on water conversation. We also have smart water prize packs for two runner-up classes.  

Check out some photos from previous years and the winning video for 2022.  

To register for this challenge and to be-in-to win all you need to do is:

  • Register Here
  • Run your class activity on UN World Water Day
  • Send us your pledge board / class photo to Smart Water  by Monday 3rd April 2023.





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