The Barbados Water Authority (BWA) will next week join its international counterparts in observing World Water Day on Monday, March 22, under the theme "Clean Water for a Healthy World".????

To this end, the authority will be hosting a week of activities dubbed Water Week, from Sunday, March 21 to Sunday March 27.

The events will get under way this Sunday, March 21, with an 8:00 a.m. Church Service at New Dimensions Ministries, Barbarees Hill, St. Michael. Minister of the Environment, Dr. Denis Lowe, will head the list of officials from the BWA, the Ministry of the Environment, Water Resources and Drainage and other stakeholders participating in the service.

At 3:00 p.m. that afternoon, it will be giving back time, when members of staff distribute food hampers to 25 of the Authority’s retirees, who are now shut-ins.

On World Water Day, Monday, March 22, the BWA will provide a glimpse into its operations when it hosts "BWA on Show" at the Bridgefield Playing Field, St.Thomas from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Students of schools in the environs, as well as residents of the area will have the opportunity to see what goes into providing the island’s water supply, including various operations such as setting pipes and digging wells.

As part of its outreach programme that day, students, teachers and parents from the St. Lucy Primary School will be treated to a tour of the Bowmanston Pumping Station, St. John, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

??A representative of the BWA will also present a lecture on the topic: "The Management of our Water Supplies in time of Drought" at the National Library Service’s Independence Square Headquarters beginning at 1:00 p.m.

On Tuesday, March 23, a Staff Appreciation Day will be held in recognition of the continued service to the Authority by its present staff members. This will be followed by a friendly, but competitive, ???Games Evening‘ for staff and friends of the Authority hosted by the Sports & Social Club.

Members of the public will get some insight into an aspect of the Authority’s intricate distribution network, on Wednesday, March 24, when the BWA hosts an Open Day at the Grandview Reservoir in Government Hill, St. Michael.

Later that evening, a Panel Discussion on the topic: "Water Quality as a National Strategy to Address the Water Scarcity Challenge in Barbados" will be staged at Solidarity House from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m.

On Thursday March 25, the BWA will join Larry, Joanne and "Q in the Community" at Bridgefield in St. Thomas, allowing members of the BWA family to interact with the growing "Q in the Community" family from all over Barbados.

Following all of their hard-work, staff will have the opportunity to relax and showcase their talents on Friday, March 26, during Karaoke, Buss Yuh Brain and Domino competitions, on the grounds of the Spring Garden facility.

The curtain will come down on the week’s activities on Saturday, March 27, when an awards ceremony and dinner is held at the Casa Grande Hotel, St. Philip, in honour of the BWA’s most recent retirees.

In light of the current drought situation in the region, and the BWA’s bid to foster voluntary conservation at this time, the Authority has also shared water conservation information with several companies for distribution during Water Week.

For further information on planned events, persons may contact the BWA’s Marketing/Communications department at Telephone: 429-6164; Fax: 429-6193 or by email: ??

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