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World Water Day observed in Belize City

By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Agriculture celebrated World Water Day on Friday by holding an information exhibition at the Fort George Memorial Park.

Organizations such as the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center, Public Utilities Commission and Belize Solid Waste Management Authority attended the event with several other water related stake holder entities.

The theme for this year’s World Water Day is “Water and Sustainable Development,” and all booths concentrated on the role the stakeholders play within that realm.

They shared how climate change is affecting the quality of marine life due to rising temperatures, while Belize Electric Co. Ltd (BECOL) gave information on water and energy.

Tennielle Williams, acting director of the Hydrology Unit in the ministry, said that the event is geared towards giving the public a better understanding and appreciation for water as a resource.

“The point we want to leave people with people is that water management is all our responsibility, it’s not a one man job but a whole nations’ job,” Williams said.

She identified pollution as one of the main problems Belize is facing with regards to water sustainability.

“People don’t realize that water is a natural solvent, it takes some materials longer than others but eventually it does breakdown, and ends up in your glass of water, or your juice or your coffee,” she added.

She also identified land use as another problem, citing that deforestation in higher areas will affect the availability of ground water.

World Water Day is a United Nations-recognized event, dating back to 1993. It is observed on March 22nd.

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