Each year, the global observance of World Water Day shines a spotlight on a specific aspect of freshwater and sets out the focus for the annual World Water Development Report. At a meeting hosted by UN-Water in Rome, global stakeholders officially announced the theme for World Water Day 2022: “Groundwater: making the invisible visible”.
On March 22, stakeholders across the globe will work collectively and independently to raise awareness about the need to protect groundwater resources. Here at home, MIYA Bahamas, the company credited with reversing the trend of non-revenue water in New Providence has set its sights highlighting the need to protect local groundwater resources as part of its ongoing efforts to improve water quality and access for residents across the island, even though groundwater is not the main water resource in the capital.
“Nearly of all the world’s drinking water is provided by Groundwater” explained MIYA Bahamas Project Manager Mario Tavera, “this makes it an
incredibly vital resource that needs to be protected.”
“About 40% of the water the global groundwater resource is used for irrigated agriculture and about 1/3 of water required for industry and so World Water Day this year puts a spotlight on this invisible resource.” Though out of sight, groundwater plays an important role in the climate change adaptation process and is often a solution for people without access to safe water. It sustains ecosystems, maintains the baseflow of rivers, and prevents land subsidence and seawater intrusion.
Unfortunately, factors such as population and economic growth coupled with climate instability have put added pressure on groundwater resources which are now in danger of depletion and pollution in many parts of the world.
After joining forces with the Bahamas National Trust in 2021 for the execution of a major climate and water event, MIYA Bahamas has this
year, teamed up with members of the Rotary Club of New Providence (RCNP) for a special water day presentation designed to educate the club’s members on ways they can help protect local water sources. With the company pauses to observe World Water Day, Tavera says he’s looking forward to building the company’s relationship with Rotary and other relevant organizations.
“Rotary has a well-established reputation of environmental advocacy and so opting to partner with them this year to mark world water day simply made sense” Tavera explained. “It is my hope that this year’s partnership is the start of a long-standing relationship.”