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March 18, 2013

World Water Day 2013

Over twenty years ago the United Nations recognized March 22 as the first World Water Day. This year's theme is water cooperation. As the following photographs show, the need for cooperation on this precious resource is great, as some enjoy plenty while others suffer drought. Collected here are images of water and its many uses as we approach the annual World Water Day. -- Lane Turner (36 photos total)

Water drips from icicles along the Oude Gracht canal in Utrecht on January 25, 2013. (Michael Kooren/Reuters)

Water hangs from a spider web in a field in Silio, Spain on January 6, 2013. (Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Associated Press) #

A pedestrian crossing sign is reflected in rain drops on February 22, 2013, as a shower passes through the Mid-Columbia. (Richard Dickin/Tri-City Herald/Associated Press) #

NASA astronaut Kevin Ford watches a water bubble float in the Unity node of the International Space Station on January 30, 2013. (NASA/Handout/Reuters) #

People slide down a 46.6 m water tunnel on an inflatable raft at a theme park in Shah Alam, Malaysia on December 30, 2012. (Ahmad Yusni/EPA) #

Clay Matthews of the Green Bay Packers sprays his face with water prior to playoff game against the San Francisco 49ers on January 12, 2013 in San Francisco, Calif. (Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) #

Japanese men splash about in freezing cold water during Naked Festival on February 16, 2013 in Okayama, Japan. Saidaiji Naked Festival (Hadaka Matsuri) is one of Japan's more eccentric festivals and sees some 9,000 men take part and battle to grab for pair of lucky sticks thrown by priests. (Buddhika Weerasinghe/Getty Images) #

A young spectator cools off in water vapor machines during the Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 17, 2013. (Paul Crock/AFP/Getty Images) #

Nick Geary (front) and Matt Gillespie paddle their entry in the 17th annual cardboard boat races at East Lyme High School on January 7, 2013 in East Lyme, Conn. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day/Associated Press) #

Musher Bill Pinkham collects hot water during his stop in Takotna, Alaska, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on March 7, 2012. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News/Associated Press) #

Maurizio Palmulli dives into the Tiber River from the Cavour Bridge during New Year celebrations on January 1, 2013, continuing an annual tradition which dates to 1946. (Tony Gentile/Reuters) #

Bo Krook squirts around during in the Fly Board World Championship qualifier in Doha, Qatar on October 19, 2012. (Fadi Al-Assaad/Reuters) #

A man jumps from a pedalo into Lake Leman on a hot summer day in Lausanne, Switzerland on August 17, 2012. (Denis Balibouse/Reuters) #

Bubba Watson, Keegan Bradley, Webb Simpson, and their caddies look over the water during the final round of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Port Royal Golf Course on October 24, 2012 in Southampton, Bermuda. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) #

Visitors enjoy the water slide at the Tropical Islands indoor resort on February 15, 2013 in Krausnick, Germany. Located on the site of a former Soviet military air base, the resort occupies a hangar built originally to house cargo airships. The resort features exotic flora and fauna, a beach, lagoon, restaurants, water slide, evening shows, sauna, adventure park and overnight stays. The hangar is tall enough to enclose the Statue of Liberty. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images) #

Visitors view marine life at Resort World Sentosa's Marine Life Park on January 18, 2013 in Singapore. The Marina Life Park is the world's largest aquarium, with 100,000 marine animals of over 800 species housed in 45 million liters of water. (Chris McGrath/Getty Images) #

A girl stands in a water feature at a Christmas lights installation near the Medellin river in Medellin, Colombia on December 1, 2012. (Raul Arboleda/AFP/Getty Images) #

Afghan men bathe at a Hamam, or public bath, in Kabul, Afghanistan on February 21, 2013. (Ali Hamed Haghdoust/Associated Press) #

A woman carries water from a well at Bhaktapur, Nepal on January 25, 2013. (Niranjan Shrestha/Associated Press) #

Susan Gell and Roy Rodgers excercise their horse Shoshoni in Loch Lomond on September 19, 2012 in Luss, Scotland. (Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) #

An Orthodox believer plunges into icy waters as a priest blesses him on the eve of the Epiphany holiday in Pilnitsa, Belarus on January 18, 2013. (Viktor Drachev/AFP/Getty Images) #

Women paddle their boats at the Chebayesh marsh in Nassiriya, Iraq on February 15, 2013. The Marsh Arabs who had farmed this area for thousands of years were badly affected by a campaign mounted by the government of Saddam Hussein in the 1990s to destroy their lifestyle. The marshes were drained of water, and hundreds of thousands of Marsh Arabs were forced to flee to cities, where they lived in poverty. (Thaier al-Sudani/Reuters) #

Scientists with the USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center monitor water quality during the high-flow release of water into the Colorado River at Lees Ferry, Ariz. in Marble Canyon on November 20, 2012. Federal water managers started an experimental release to help restore the Grand Canyon's ecosystem.(Rob Schumacher/The Arizona Republic/Associated Press) #

A policeman shaves on his bed after flood waters entered the George town police station following heavy monsoon rains in Allahabad, India on September 16, 2012. (Rajesh Kumar Singh/Associated Press) #

A helicopter drops water onto a smoldering fire in the Lane Cove National Park in Sydney on December 5, 2012. (Rick Rycroft/Associated Press) #

A student is hit by a jet of water during a protest to demand changes in the public state education system in Santiago, Chile on January 10, 2013. (Cristobal Saavedra/Reuters) #

Allan Buchanan, a volunteer for the non-profit Samaritans, places jugs of drinking water along an immigrant trail at the Mexican border fence on March 6, 2013 in Walker Canyon, Arizona. The Samaritans group distributes food and water along the trails with the aim of reducing immigrant deaths from dehydration during their long trek from Mexico into the United States, often through remote desert areas. (John Moore/Getty Images) #

A student walks past a sculpture of empty water bottles in Burlington, Vt., which has banned the sale of bottled water on campus. UVM has converted campus water fountains to bottle filling stations. (Toby Talbot/Associated Press) #

A customer walks past stacks of bottled water in Jackson, Miss. As sugary drinks come under fire for fueling obesity rates, people are increasingly reaching for bottled water. Bottled water has surged past juice, milk and beer in per capita consumption. (Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press) #

Displaced Congolese girls carry cans of water through a camp for internally displaced persons at Mugunga, Democratic Republic of the Congo on November 22, 2012. (Phil Moore/AFP/Getty Images) #

Women and children collect water from a public tap at a slum in Sana'a, Yemen on March 7, 2013. (Yahya Arhab/EPA) #

Afghan Kuchis, nomad women, carry water on their heads on the outskirts of Kabul on November 30, 2012. (Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images) #

A girl carries water in Yida refugee camp on September 13, 2012 in Yida, South Sudan. (Mackenzie Knowles-Coursin/Associated Press) #

A girl stands behind a water pump at a refugee camp for Muslims displaced by violence earlier this year outside Sittwe, Myanmar on October 30, 2012. (Soe Zeya Tun/Reuters) #

A woman collects water from a cistern at Jabal al-Zaweya village of Sarjeh in Idlib, Syria on February 25, 2013. (Hussein Malla/Associated Press) #

Alice, 4, sits on her father's donkey cart as they transport barrels of water to their ranch during one of the worst droughts in the region's history in Poco Redondo, Brazil on January 12, 2013. Alice says she does not know what rain is, except that it is something good. Brazil's Northeast is suffering its worst drought in decades, threatening hydro-power supplies in an area prone to blackouts and potentially slowing economic growth in one of the country's emerging agricultural frontiers. (Lunae Parracho/Reuters)#