#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. On March 22, the world celebrated the Day of water resources. The motto of the holiday in 2021 – “We value water” – was not chosen by chance: according to the UN, over the past 20 years, fresh water supplies have decreased by more than 20 percent.
Despite the fact that 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, most of it is not potable. Fresh water bodies account for only 2.5 percent. However, the problem of water shortage in Russia is not felt as acutely as in Iran, Qatar, India and other countries.
“In Russia, 76 percent of the population is provided with drinking water. If every Russian citizen directs his attention to the importance of solving the problem of providing fresh water, the situation may improve so much that Russia will become the first country where no one will suffer from thirst”, the UN data for 2017 explains.
It is also known for certain that our country occupies a leading place in terms of surface water resources. In Russia, there are about 2.7 million rivers and streams, more than 2.7 million lakes and other water resources.
If we talk about Taimyr, the system of the Big Norilsk lakes is considered the second reservoir of fresh water in the world.
“The lakes of the Putorana plateau, taken together, form the second largest reservoir of fresh water in Russia after lake Baikal. What makes our lakes unique is their composition: the water in them is glacial. At the same time, passing through the strata of rocks, which are more than 250 million years old, the water is mineralized in a special way, becoming curative”, the experts of the Arctic Development Project Office note.
The date dedicated to water resources has been celebrated since 1993. The idea was presented at one of the UN conferences, which took place in 1992 in Rio de Janeiro.
Text: Ekaterina Elkanova, Photo: Nikolay Shchipko and sib100.ru