World Water Day, celebrated annually, focuses attention on freshwater and advocates for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. The 2011 theme, Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge, aligns with the City Council Legacy of Clean, Safe Drinking Water (PDF).
The City of Bellingham Public Works Department invites the public to participate in the 3rd annual Walk for Water at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 20, to honor World Water Day.
This free, family-friendly event highlights local and global water quality and conservation. A 2.3 mile walk starts at Fairhaven Village Green at 11 a.m. and finishes at Depot Market Square around noon. The walk symbolizes the distance women and children across the world frequently travel to collect water for household use. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to carry jugs of water as they walk. The first 100 participants will receive a free, stainless-steel water bottle.
Although we have access to safe, clean drinking water at the turn of a tap in Bellingham, we face complex challenges to protect water quality. Along with the rest of the planet, we face population growth, development, climate change and changing weather patterns.
The event seeks to elaborate on these issues through informative activities and displays at Depot Market Square from noon to 2 p.m. Participants can take home ideas to help reduce these impacts locally and globally. The event strives to foster a better understanding of the complexities we are challenged with in providing clean, safe water to our water customers.
Published: Mar 7, 2011